It’s time again for high school soccer playoffs in Southern California.
Tonight, the CIF Open Division semifinals will feature four local teams: Torrey Pines HS, Canyon Crest Academy, Cathedral Catholic High School, and Del Norte High School.
Rancho Santa Fe Attack Soccer Club doesn’t have a Development Academy program. They don’t send dozens and dozens of players to college soccer every year. But what Attack lacks in national recruiting prowess they more than make up for with local grass roots talent and spirit.
Attack has not a dozen, not two dozen, but thirty-six players across the four semi-final teams playing tonight. Additionally, three of the four head coaches have roots at Attack.
Torrey Pines HS is coached by Andy Hargreaves, who formerly coached at Attack. Coach Hargreaves’s assistant coach is Joel Kosakoff, who coaches Attack’s B01 team.
Nate Hetherington is a current Attack coach and is the head coach at Cathedral Catholic High School. Two other Attack coaches are also on staff at CCHS. Michael D’Arrigo coaches the JV team. Paul Dougherty coaches Cathedral’s freshman team.
Canyon Crest Academy, rounding out the Del Mar Heights Rd trio, is coached by Tom Lockhart. Coach Lockhart recently coached at Attack as well.
High school soccer is strong in San Diego and Southern California. RSF Attack encourages all of their players to become leaders on their own high school teams — building character and experience that doesn’t happen on the club soccer field.