Jordan High boys’ soccer classic redemption in the 2016 CIF semifinals


In this installment of’s Classics video series, we look back at the redemption of the Jordan High boys’ soccer team in the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 2 semifinal.

The Panthers were battling for Moore League championships five years ago and hosted consecutive semifinals in 2015-16. After choking away the first opportunity, Jordan got itself back into the finals for the first time since the 1990s with a 2-1 victory over Rancho Verde.

This game was a perfect example of what made this program so successful as Jordan came out the more aggressive side. The Panthers scored an early penalty kick and a cheeky go-ahead goal early in the second half. They then held off the visiting Mustangs with stout defense worthy of a championship berth.

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