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Redondo’s boys soccer team advances in Division 1 playoffs

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Justin Leavitt and the Redondo Union Sea Hawks head into the playoffs after finishing third in the Bay League. Photo by Ray Vidal

Justin Leavitt and the Redondo Union Sea Hawks head into the second round of the CIF Division 1 playoffs after finishing third in the Bay League. Photo by Ray Vidal

Three of the four teams representing the Bay League advanced in the CIF Southern Section Division playoffs after first-round wins on Thursday.

Redondo Union (15-6-4) finished third in the Bay League and eliminated host J.W. 2-0 behind a strong defense.

Michael O’Neill gave the Sea Hawks a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute and Justin Leavitt sealed the victory with a goal in extra time.

Redondo goalkeeper Griffin Thomas recorded six saves for the shutout.

Redondo will host No. 4 Servite in a 5 p.m.  second-round game on Tuesday.

After posting a 3-1 wild-card victory at Buena, Mira Costa (12-11-7) had its season come to an end with a 2-0 loss at No. 3 San Clemente (22-2-1).

Bay League champion Palos Verdes (19-5-3) is seeded seventh and defeated visiting Capistrano Valley (3-2 in the first round. The Sea Kings host No. Dos Pueblos (16-3-3) on Tuesday.

West Torrance (12-9-1) edged Jordan 2-1 and will travel to take on unbeaten and top-ranked Loyola (23-0-6) in the second round.

In Division 4, Pioneer champion Lawndale (20-7-1) is seeded eighth and beat visiting Ganesha 4-1  and will travel to No. 9 Hart (14-5-3) on Tuesday.  Fifth seeded Hawthorne (18-2-3) eliminated West Ranch 5-1 and hosts Chino (22-4).

South Torrance (10-8-3) lost at Santa Monica 2-1 and Torrance (12-11) fell to No. 10 Santa Paula 2-1. Bishop Montgomery (6-11-1) lost its wild-card game at West Ranch 2-1 on Tuesday.

Chadwick (8-3-4) earned the tenth seed in Division 6 and eliminated Dunn 2-1. The Dolphins host No. 3 San Gorgonio (14-7-4) in the second round.

Vistamar (13-5-1) in ranked No. 7 in Division 7 and defeated visiting St. Michael’s Prep 4-1 in Thursday’s first-round action. The El Segundo-based team will host Milken Community (12-5-4) on Tuesday.

Playoff brackets and results are available at cifss.org.

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