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Lotto Western Showcase Preview, Live Stream

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: December 15, 2017

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- All 12 matches at this year's Lotto Sport Western Showcase will be live-streamed on TopDrawerSoccer.com, on this link.

The eight-team, three-day event features five current Winter FAB 50 programs, including three in the Top 10. Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) is the defending champion, and the tournament welcomes back Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), which won the first two years of the event before skipping last year's showcase. 

Here is the complete match schedule, with all times PST:

THURSDAY MATCHES: San Clemente (Calif.) 1, Corona del Sol (Ariz.) 0; Servite (Calif.) 2, Watsonville (Calif.) 0; Paramount (Calif.) 1, St. Paul's (La.) 0 (PKs); Auburndale (Fla.) 3, Buchanan (Calif.) 0.

FRIDAY: St. Paul's (La.) 2, Watsonville (Calif.) 0; Buchanan (Calif.) 2, Corona del Sol (Ariz.) 1; Auburndale (Fla.) 2, San Clemente (Calif.) 1 (SO); Servite (Calif.) 3, Paramount (Calif.) 1.

SATURDAY: Seventh Place - Watsonville (Calif.) 2, Corona del Sol (Ariz.) 0; Fifth Place - St. Paul's (La.) 3, Buchanan (Calif.) 0; Third Place - San Clemente (Calif.) 3, Paramount (Calif.) 0; Championship - Servite (Calif.) 5, Auburndale (Fla.) 0.

Below are team-by-team preseason capsules for the event: 

Auburndale (Fla.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: No. 25

Coach: Guy Jennings

Record: 5-0-0

Key Players: F Noah Stephens, Jr. (4 goals); MF Noah Sims, Jr. (5 goals, 3 assists); F Ducarmel Jeannestin, Soph. (5 goals), M Ben Pigg, Jr. (4 goals, 4 assists).

Notes: Auburndale finished a surpringly high third place last year at the Lotto-Sport Western Showcase, which vaulted this team into the national rankings race. ... With a heavy underlcass lineup, this team projects to be strong this year and for years to come. 

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Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: not ranked

Coach: John Spurgeon

Record: 4-3-0

Key Players: F Jordan Wilkins, Jr.; M Isaiah Cummins, Sr. 

Notes: Buchanan started the season 4-0, but has lost its last three matches. 

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Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 

Winter FAB 50 Rank: not ranked

Coach: Dan Salas, 13th season (167-76-11)

Record: 2-2-2

Key Players: M Preston Grayson, Sr. (4 goals, 3 assists); F Josh Allison, Sr. (4 goals, 2 assists); D Marco Escobedo, Sr.; D Mitchell Carpenter, Sr.; M Jacob Flores, So. 

Notes: Corona del Sol is the defending Lotto-Sport Western Showcase champs, beating Servite in last year's final. ... Corona del Sol is coming off a 1-2 tournament appearance where most of the reserves saw playing time in the hopes of building a deeper bench. 

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Paramount (Calif.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: No. 10

Coach: Rafa Villasenor, 9th season (148-32-24)

Record: 4-0-2

Key Players: GK Oscar Sierra, Sr.; M Jonathan Serrano, Sr.; M Rafael Yepez, Sr. (1 goals, 1 assist); F Sebastian Vazquez, So. (6 goals); W Oliver Meza, Sr.; W Andres Sandoval, Sr. (3 goals, 3 assists).

Notes: Paramount won the adidas West Coast Showcase, edging Loyola (Calif.) in the final on penalty kicks. ... Paramount won the CIF Southern Regional Division I title in 2017. 

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St. Paul's (Covington, La.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: No. 8

Coach: Sean Moser, 9th season (228-20-12 at St. Paul's; 511-100-66 in 24 seasons) 

Record: 8-0-0

Key Players: GK Kyle Schmitt, Sr. (no goals allowed); D Mason Robicheaux, Sr., Appalachian State; M Colin Moser, Sr.; F Justin Savoie, Sr.; M Cole Knobloch, Sr.; F James Bryant, Sr. (4 goals, 2 assists in last four games); D Phillip Pearce, Jr.; M Connor Walmsley, Jr.; D Matthew Weimar, Jr.

Notes: St Paul's scored scored 33 goals and allowed only one through eight matches. ... St. Paul's has made seven straight state final appearances, winning five, including the last four in a row. ... Twenty of the 24 rostered players play for the CYSA Gunners, which will be competing at the Disney Showcase later this month.

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San Clemente (Calif.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: not ranked

Coach: Michael Pronier, 30th season (376-219-139)

Record: 2-2-0

Key Players: F Tristan Weber, Sr., Portland; D K.C. Smith, Sr., Westmont; M Blake Bowen, Jr.; D Koosha Jadbabaei, Jr.

Notes: The return of Weber, a recent U.S. U17 National Team member, has bolstered the expectationals for the Tritons. ... San Clemente won its first two matches, but lost its second two outings. ... The team should be at full strength this week as it welcomes back a coupe players who were finishing up club commitments.

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Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: No. 5

Coach: Jon Spencer, 6th season

Record: 2-0-0

Key Players: D Corbin Mercado, Sr., Loyola Marymount; M Jose Sosa, Sr. Pacific.

Notes: Corbin Mercado scored twice in the team's last outing, an easy win over Newport Harbor. 

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Watsonville (Calif.)

Winter FAB 50 Rank: No. 39

Coach: Roland Hedgpath

Record: 4-0-0

Key Players: F Erik Herera, Sr. (6 goals); M Alex Gonzalez, Sr. (4 goals, 3 assists); F Jeal Leal, Fr. (3 goals).

Notes: Watsonville is one of the winter season's more storied programs with longtime head coach Roland Hedgpath. 

 
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