The playoffs have arrived for Lompoc High School winter sports teams.
Well, two teams to be exact.
Lompoc High's girls soccer and basketball teams were the only two Lompoc Valley winter sports teams to qualify for the CIF Southern Section postseason, which begins this week.
Cabrillo High, as far as basketball, soccer and water polo goes, was shutout of the postseason in the winter. This is the first winter season since Cabrillo, Lompoc and Santa Ynez moved to the Channel League after 13 Santa Maria Valley and San Luis Obispo County schools moved to the Central Section.
Braves girls soccer
The Lompoc girls had one of the strongest seasons among any Lompoc Valley team during the winter, nearly capturing the top seed out of the Channel League for the playoffs.
Lompoc went 11-3-3 overall and 7-1-3 in Channel League games, earning the second seed behind Dos Pueblos, which finished 7-1-2.
The Braves play at Beverly Hills today at 4 p.m. The Normans earned the No. 1 seed out of the Ocean League. They are 13-4-2 overall and went 7-2-1 in league, tying with Culver City to split the league's top seed.
The Normans have scored 48 times while allowing just 16 goals. The Braves, meanwhile, have scored 54 times while allowing 19 goals this year.
The Braves have one of the most dynamic players in Santa Barbara County.
Ayziah Simmons leads Lompoc with 24 goals on the season. She scored four times in the regular season finale against Santa Ynez, a 5-2 win for the Braves that locked up a playoff spot and knocked the Pirates out of the postseason.
“Ayziah is the best striker in the county,” Lompoc coach Jason Cochrane said after the Braves dropped the Pirates. “We’ve got a lot of girls who can put the ball in the back of the next but she’s the best. Our offense really revolves around her.”
Simmons, a junior, has also dished out two assists this season. Lisa Bueno, a senior, leads the Braves with five assists.
There are five Lompoc players that have scored four times apiece: Bueno, Katie Guzman, Brianna Gaona, Adrianna Waldron and Amy Bommersbach. Monica Escalante has three goals and two assists on the year.
Breanna Contreras has been solid in goal for the Braves. She has kept six shutouts on the year.
If the Braves win Wednesday, they advance to play the winner of the Riverside Patriot-Santa Ana Calvary Chapel game.
Braves girls basketball
Lompoc finished third in the Channel League standings at 6-4, behind Santa Barbara (8-2) and Santa Ynez (6-4).
The Braves' reward for making the postseason? A trip to the No. 1 seed in their division Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The Braves, who are 12-12 overall, head to the Brentwood School in the first round of the Division 3AA playoffs.
The Eagles are 22-6 overall and finished 4-2 in the Gold Coast League, behind national powers Sierra Canyon, (26-0) and Windward (20-5).
They are led by Destiny McAllister, who scores 18.3 points per game. She averages 10 rebounds.
The winner of the game will play San Jacinto in the next round. San Jacinto had a first-round bye.