San Jose State recruit Chris Amaro had a hat trick to lead second-seeded Dinuba to a 4-1 victory over No. 4 Tulare on Friday for the Central Section Division III boys soccer championship.
Amaro opened the scoring with a left-footer against two defenders in the 19th minute.
His second goal countered a Tulare (17-7-2) score only a minute earlier to put the Emperors (21-4-3) up 2-1 and his third goal iced it with 2 minutes left in the game.
It’s Dinuba’s second D-III title in the past six seasons.
Jefferson Escobar scored in the 12th minute and Denis Rivas added another goal with 3 minutes left in the first half as third-seeded South beat No. 5 Monache for its second section title in as many seasons. The Rebels won the D-III title last season before being promoted under the section’s competitive equity system.
Mohammed Ali, Romero Sanchez and Alexis Sanchez scored to lead No. 4 Avenal past No. 3 Exter 3-0.
Senior stopper Pedro Flores helped anchor an Avenal defense that didn’t a goal in its postseason run to the title.
“This team just played to succeed,” coach Bill Vallem said. “We just put it together.”
Taylor Alkire scored twice to help No. 1 Strathmore capture its third section title across three divisions over the past six seasons with a 5-1 victory over No. 2 and defending division champion Bakersfield Christian.
Rosalinda Platas, Kaitlin Albison and Samantha Oliveira also scored for the Spartans, who were Division IV champs in 2012 and Division VI champs in 2010.
Strathmore has won 14 straight and ended a 16-game winning streak for Bakersfield Christian.
Tori DeLeon scored twice and hit the corner kick that lead to the winning goal as No. 1 Fowler downed No. 2 McFarland in the final.
DeLeon’s first goal opened the scoring midway through the first half. Then she hit a corner that Bethany Lucio headed in as the Redcats took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
DeLeon’s second goal came with 28 minutes to play and gave Fowler some cushion after McFarland had made it 2-1.