DOWNEY – Mayfair High’s bid for a second successive CIF Southern Section girls’ soccer crown fell victim to early misfortune: two fluke goals that put the Monsoons at a decided disadvantage. It led to a chess match of sorts, with adjustments answered with adjustments, but Mayfair couldn’t benefit from superior skill or possession, falling, 3-2, to top-seeded Sunny Hills in the Division III final at Warren High. The second-seeded Monsoons (25-5-2), who shared last year’s Division III title with Orange Lutheran, twice halved two-goal deficits but struggled to get behind the Lancers’ backline despite dominating play in midfield and dictating action most of the game. All five goals were scored in a frenetic first 24 minutes, with Sunny Hills (25-1-5) taking a 3-1 lead by the 16th minute en route to its second Division III championship in three years. “It’s hard to swallow, but we played our hearts out and did all that we could,” Mayfair captain Brittanie Perez said. “We had our chances to come back, but we were unlucky.” Sunny Hills took command early behind speedy striker Tanya Taylor, whose 37th goal of the season, on a 40-yard run from defender Melani Serrata’s long pass back, provided a seventh-minute lead. Lauren Roblero made it 2-0 four minutes later on an odd strike, redirecting Audrey McKay’s shot after Mayfair cleared the ball following a throw-in into its 6-yard box. The Monsoons quickly answered in the 14th minute, Sami Wall nodding home Nicole Hubbard’s corner kick, but the Lancers restored the two-goal advantage two minutes later. Gaby deSeriere’s clearance from Mayfair’s box ricocheted off Sunny Hills forward Jennifer Aanderud, and the ball slowly rolled past goalkeeper Danielle deSeriere and inside the right post. “I think that third goal kind of was, I don’t know, maybe a sign of the luck we were going to have today,” said Mayfair coach Sal Marroquin. “In the final it’s hard to give up goals and come back from them, but I think we did a great job of coming back and fighting.” Sunny Hills switched formations, from a 5-3-2 that surrendered midfield to the Monsoons to a 3-5-2 that effectively cut off Mayfair’s diagonal balls from the flanks. “They were killing us,” Lancers coach Jeff Gordon said. “(We switched) to match up on every one of their players, and it changed the game around. They would have scored five, six goals on us today if we hadn’t adjusted. Individually, they’re better than us. But as a team we knew with a game plan we could find a way to play to our strengths and beat them.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!