Taft College, the No. 1-ranked men's soccer team in Northern California, will enter the final phase of its season today in a bid to win the state championship.

The Cougars (17-0-5), seeded No. 1 in Northern California, will travel to Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, near Pomona, to face Mount SAC (19-3-1), the three-time defending state champion, in a 4 p.m. match.

This is also the Mounties' fifth straight appearance to the state championships. Mount SAC is the No. 3 seed from Southern California this season.

The Taft-Mount SAC winner will advance into Sunday's championship game at Mount SAC to face the winner of the other semifinal between Golden West College (18-1-3), the top seed from Southern California, and City College of San Francisco (18-0-4), the No. 2 seed from Northern California.

Taft beat Lassen College 2-1 and then beat Cabrillo College 1-0 to reach the state final four.

Four CSUB baseball signees

Cal State Bakersfield baseball coach Bill Kernen has announced he has signed four players to letters of intent.

They are Alec Daily, a left-handed pitcher and first baseman from Temecula-Greg Oak High School; Joe Mata, a left-handed pitcher from Monrovia High School, where he went 9-2 with a 1.24 ERA as a junior last season; right-handed pitcher and infielder Steven Gee from Taft High School, where he hit .430 and also went 6-5 on the mound with 81 strikeouts; and Garrett Nimmo, a right-handed pitcher from Temecula Valley High School.

"My first priority with this year's early signing class was to put in place the future core of our pitching staff," Kernen said.