Dominant Second Half Paces No. 3 CDM Past No. 7 Servite

Anaheim- No. 3 (2-0) defeated No. 7 Servite (1-3) 12-7 Saturday in a game that was a classic tale of two halves for both squads.

The first frame of the game resulted in a tight 3-2 score. After trading more blows in the second quarter, the Sea Kings went into halftime with a slight 5-4 advantage. CDM head coach was quick to praise how the Friars came out of the gates in the first half as it was clear Servite came to play.

“A big part of [Saturday] was how well Servite played,” Mix said. “Halftime it was just we need to play harder. They were doing a really nice job of competing and we weren’t matching their intensity. As soon as we did, it worked out pretty well for us.”

It could not have worked out a whole lot better for CDM in the third quarter with five unanswered goals off five turnovers from Servite before the Friars added a late third quarter score from .  (4G) scored three goals in the frame.

The fourth quarter was a little more defensive for both teams, and like the second quarter, each team scored twice, giving the Sea Kings the 12-7 victory. Despite the loss, Servite head coach Tom O’Leary looked at the game in an overall positive light and embraced the challenge of playing Corona Del Mar.

(center) recorded a hat trick (3G) in Corona Del Mar’s 12-7 victory over Servite on Saturday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

“Servite always embraces playing programs like CDM,” O’Leary said via text message. “The playoff road will eventually run through that program at some point. This loss is still a victory to us as we continue to grow and mature as players and teammates.”

Outside of a second consecutive dominant performance by Fries, the Sea Kings saw offensive contributions from ‘s hat trick (3G), (2G), (2A), (1G, 1A), (1G), (1G) and  (1A). As a team, the Sea Kings overall did a good job at avoiding the penalty box with only two infractions committed during the game, compared to Servite’s six.

“We’re trying to get younger guys to step up and it takes time,” Mix said. “It takes time for them to build confidence in themselves and their teammates. It’s coming, but overall I’m pleased with where we are and the good news is we still got a long way to go.”

(center) was a major part of Servite’s offense in Saturday’s loss to Corona Del Mar with three goals (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

Outside of Terrones’ solid performance, the Friars received some offense from (2G), Trent Shimzu (2G), (1A), (1A) and (1A). As a team, the Friars had 23 shots on goal and picked up 19 ground balls.

“We need to be selfish and want the ball for longer,” O’Leary said via text message.

The Friars get 10 days off before returning to the field March 13 with a road match against No. 2 St. Margarets and the Sea Kings will return home for the first time this season Wednesday against inner-city rival No. 18 Newport Harbor (2-1) at 3 p.m.

 

 

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com