The quest for one team continued and the dream died for the other on Wednesday night as the top-seeded De La Salle High soccer team knocked off No. 12 Freedom 4-0 in a North Coast Section Division I semifinal.
In a repeat of last year's final, De La Salle -- seeking its fifth straight NCS Division I title -- will play No. 6 San Ramon Valley in Saturday's championship at Dublin High. It will be the third time in five years the two teams have met in the finals.
The host Spartans (17-3-6) appeared to have been shot out of a cannon to start the first half, using an unrelenting attack to create numerous opportunities and finally breaking through on a header by Jack Karleskind in the 20th minute.
In the 32nd minute, Tommy Lisiak, who assisted on the first goal, scored on a left-footed laser.
"Our last two games were really close and we weren't playing like a No. 1 seed or how we ended the season," Lisiak said. "Freedom had been playing hot and we knew we had to put it out quick before they gained too much confidence."
Two more goals came in the second half, one from sophomore Joey Jones and the other from senior Nic Bob as De La Salle did not take its foot off the gas.
The Falcons (14-10-2) were never able to get settled into the game, nor were they given space nor time to build up play.
San Ramon Valley 2, California 0: The No. 6 seeded Wolves (18-6-3) got second-half goals from Matt Friedler and Matt LaBrie as they bested the No. 7 Grizzlies (18-7-2), their East Bay Athletic League rival, in the NCS Division I semifinals.
After a scoreless first half, the host Wolves scored on a cross by Alex Maestre from the left to Friedler, who hammered it home in the 68th minute. Wolves keepers Tim Wraith and Connor Tetzloff combined on the shutout.