The Trinity League’s Servite Friars visited Aliso Niguel High School on Saturday and the Friars were welcomed with an onslaught of goals in the first quarter. Aliso Niguel was able to put up seven goals in the first quarter while Servite was shell shocked, scoring just one goal.
The energy level continued while Aliso tried to demonstrate their physicality against a far bigger team. The Wolverines got a bit too aggressive and allowed their emotions to get away from them for a moment, which resulted in four Wolverines spending time in the penalty box together for a brief moment.
Surprisingly enough Aliso was somehow able to weather the storm and end the half still up 11-4.
The second half was more evenly matched as both teams put on a display of highlight plays. The third quarter could have easily turned around for the Friars if it weren’t for Aliso junior goalie Austin Stahl making two amazing doorstep saves (eight saves on the day). By the time the third quarter ended, the first quarter outburst was still too much to widdle down for the Friars with both teams scoring a couple goals a piece, ending with a score of 13-6.
The fourth quarter saw some reserves get some action in, which enabled Servite to score three late goals ending the game with a final score of 14-9.
The play of the game had to be a highlight reel behind-the-back goal by senior middie Stevie Barron (2 goals).
Top performers for the afternoon for the Friars were Ryan Thomas (4 goals, 1 assist) and Evan Purpura (2 goals, 1 assist).
The Wolverines spread the scoring out with multiple players scoring more than one goal, and of course being led by Mr. Sea View- junior attack man Jonah Rinaldi (3 goals, 2 assists). Junior middie Matt Jones (2 goals) was able to join Barron in the two-goal club, along with sophomore attack Jake Lombardo (2 goals, 1 assist), and junior middie/attack Morgan Seymour (2 goals).
Aliso takes on San Juan Hills, at SJH on Tuesday, while Servite hosts Esperanza on Tuesday.
–Special to MaxLaxOC, courtesy Aliso Niguel