PaliHi Boys Soccer Reaches Quarterfinals

The Palisades High boys soccer prospects were uncertain as the City Section Division 1 playoffs got underway
last week.

Head Coach Dave Suarez told the News on February 14 that eight of his starters were not available for the playoff opener against Granada Hills the next day. Two were attending a conference in Sacramento, one had the flu, another was healing from a broken foot, one had blisters and another was recovering from a concussion, which meant that two junior varsity players were bumped up to varsity.

“We actually fit our seed now,” said Suarez, whose Dolphins were seeded ninth.

“We’ve been good all year, but the University game killed us as far as seeding.”

(Left to right) Head Coach David Suarez, J.V. Coach Marvin Lemus and Assistant
Coach Rob Hockley talk strategy with JV player Shane Thompson before playoffs

During the season, the Dolphins were 15-2-2 overall and 9-1-2 in the Western League, losing only to University while tying Hamilton twice.

“We’ll be taking care of business tomorrow,” said Suarez, even though his team had to go on the road to play eighth-seeded Granada Hills.

In an inspired performance, Pali won 2-1 in overtime. Jackson Page put the Dolphins on the board in the 21st minute, but Granada Hills tied the game in the second half.

Finally, Luis Hernandez scored the game-winning goal in the second 10-minute overtime.

The win propelled Palisades into the quarterfinals against top-seeded El Camino today (February 21) at El Camino.

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