Foothill High School ended Beckman High School’s win streak at 15 games on Friday while extending their own to 11 straight games. Beckman stayed close for a while but the Knights pulled away with some mid-game domination to win decisively, 17-10. The Knights finish the season at 16-1 against a schedule that LaxPower.com as the most difficult in the Southern Section. Beckman finishes at 16-3.
Beckman is a team known for its athleticism. Foothill is a team known for its athleticism and depth. For awhile, Beckman’s well-coached team kept within a goal or two before taking the lead at 8:04 in the second quarter. The Knights then scored the next six goals, led by attack Nate Marano (Denver), whose two goals midway through the second quarter tied the game and then put his team up to stay, 7-6. Sophomore middie Matt Harris, who had his first two-goal game of the season, added the next score on a left-handed shot from behind the goal and attack Nick Matzek, who also scored twice, sprinted in on a transition play, took a pass from attack Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross), and scored for a 9-6 lead.
Foothill quickly expanded a 10-6 halftime lead and when defensive middie Chris Reem scored his second goal of the season on a left-handed shot at full sprint to make it 13-7 at 6:56 in the third quarter, it became a game of watching the clock run down.
Foothill attack Warren Case was again an offensive star, scoring a team-high four goals with three assists. Marano had three goals, Kodzis scored twice and attack Drew Boyd added two scores. Middie Ryan Falbo scored once.
The Foothill defense, while soft most of the game, had several highlights. In numerous fights for loose balls, defenders Owenn Geis (Gordon) had four groundballs, and Jared Copeland and Matt Marano three each.
Beckman was led by Alex Knox, with four goals and Wesley Fillipek with two. Nick White, Trevor Keene, Alex Watson and Frank Heng scored a goal apiece for Beckman, now 15-3 and also playoff-bound.