Santa Ynez has a four-point lead over second-place Lompoc in the Los Padres League girls soccer standings.
With one game to play, that means one thing: The Pirates are the LPL champs. Again.
Santa Ynez wrapped up that league title with a 7-0 win over Santa Maria Tuesday night. Lompoc defeated Morro Bay Tuesday at home, but is too far behind in the standings to catch up.
Santa Ynez hosts Lompoc Thursday night in the regular-season finale.
The Pirates are 15-1-1 overall and 12-0-1 in the LPL.
Santa Ynez coach Rob Cantrell, who has consistently led the Pirates to league championships over the decade-plus he's been in charge in Santa Ynez, knew this group was special. He feels they can still get better.
"I definitely knew going into the season that we had some real special players," Cantrell said after the win over Santa Maria. "I knew that from the beginning. But, honestly, this team hasn't peaked yet. I'm not even kidding. We've had some injuries and some nagging things coming in from club season. We've sort of had to work from the ground up, but I'm happy with the way the girls have played, a lot of girls in positions they normally don't play.
"We're getting healthier for the playoffs and I'm starting to see some of our quality improve. But it's been a consistent thing and I think the girls have definitely overachieved, as far as my expectations are concerned. They’ve done it."
Julia Pritchard scored three times in the win over Santa Maria Tuesday. Jazz Feeley had two goals, including the first of the night with a 40-yard bomb that went up and over the Santa Maria keeper. Sarah Johnston had the other Pirate goal.
Pritchard also had three assists for the Pirates.
"The defense played well. Serena Diaz and Olivia Torres both really anchored our defense and we earned another shutout," Cantrell said.
Nipomo 3, Templeton 0
Jasmin Zarate scored two goals and had an assist as the Titans (6-12-3, 4-8-1) upset the playoff-bound Eagles (11-7-2, 6-6-1) in a Los Padres League game at Nipomo.
Freida Skaarnes scored the second Nipomo goal. Emily Graciliano assisted on the first Zarate goal, and Jackie Lopez assisted on the second.
Pioneer Valley 54, Atascadero 44
DJ Martinez and Taylor Burns each scored 11 points for the Panthers. Sal Villa added nine points and played some solid defense, coming up with several steals.
The Panthers are 6-7 in PAC 8 League play and 15-11 overall. They play Righetti Friday.
Righetti 77, Paso Robles 75, 2OT
The Rodriguez brothers helped power the Warriors to a double-overtime win.
Anthony Rodriguez had 23 points while Domingo Rodriguez added 15. Weston Hammell had 22 for the Warriors and Jacob Solano had 13. Joon Soo Lee added seven.
Arroyo Grande 62, San Luis Obispo 54
The Eagles held the Tigers in check well enough at Arroyo Grande's James Gymnasium to keep San Luis Obispo (20-6, 10-3) from clinching the PAC 8 League title outright.
Arroyo Grande (16-9, 9-4) moved within a game of San Luis Obispo, which has clinched a share of the championship. The Eagles out-scored the Tigers 22-10 in the fourth quarter.
AJ Panetta, Robert Hutchens and Caleb Whalen all hit some key 3-point shots in the fourth quarter for the Eagles. Meanwhile Bryan Smith popped in 10 points for the home team in the fourth.
Gage Gomez helped Arroyo Grande, which trailed 18-11 after the first quarter and 32-29 at halftime, stay close with 14 points in the first half.
Santa Maria 61, Santa Ynez 54
The Saints (16-7, 9-4) moved into a second-place tie with the Pirates (11-6, 9-4) with a big Los Padres League win at Santa Ynez.
Both teams have one league game left. Santa Maria swept the two-game series between the teams.
Blake Truhitte poured in 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Saints. Joey Nevarez put in 22 points for Santa Maria.
Girls water polo
PAC 8 League Tournament
It has been Righetti vs. Arroyo Grande the past several years in the PAC 8 League Tournament championship game, and Righetti will get another chance to dethrone the Eagles, who have won the past several league championships, after winning twice Tuesday at Arroyo Grande in the league tourney.
The Warriors blanked Pioneer Valley 17-0 and defeated Atascadero 9-3.
Hailey Wilson scored three times for the Warriors (17-7, 5-2) against the Greyhounds in Righetti's 9-3 win. Denise Dominguez and Maddie Gamble both scored twice.
Righetti goalkeeper Sophia Reyes made eights saves. The Warriors and Eagles are slated to face each other at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Arroyo Grande for the league title.