Foothill High School closed out the 2015 regular season with a decisive 16-7 victory over Cathedral Catholic. Foothill (18-1) beat the Dons (10-6) in every aspect of the game. Denver-bound Nate Marano (3 goals, 1 assist) put an exclamation mark to the outcome when scored a late goal after fighting through three defenders behind the goal, moving to the front of the cage, and overpowering a fourth defender who came out to challenge him.
Attack-midfielder Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross) had a career-high six goals, and his two assists were equally impressive. Freshman attack Ellis Geis had season-highs in goals (four) and assists (three) as he slid time and again into the middle to receive pinpoint passes.
Cathedral Catholic scored first in the opening minutes when Liam Cavanaugh was left open to the right of goal. But Foothill came right back with one of midfielder Matt Harris‘s lightning-hot shots. When Geis fought to keep possession of the ball a few minutes later, he found a wide-open Marano for a 2-1 lead. The Dons tied it, 2-2, when Morrison Mirer beat a defender, but that was that. Foothill scored the next three goals and led, 9-4 at halftime.
The Dons, who have scored 20 or more goals three times this year, couldn’t get much going against a swarming Foothill defense that played well from end to end. Long pole defenders Spencer Davis and Danny Carter each had four groundballs, the defense forced nine turnovers and goalie Ryan Blank (St. John’s) made ten saves.
As they have all season long the Knights benefited from contributions from their deep reserve of talent. Attack Steven Oberly added a perfect pass to Kodzis, who was breaking inside. Midfielder Cole Falbo had five ground balls, a caused turnover, and beat the clock at the end of the third with a quick rebound goal. Defensive middie Nathan Knight scored his first goal of the season and attack Drew Boyd and middie Cole Fergus added to the passing attack with assists.
> Cathedral also got goals from Dekker Stebel and Preston Stebel, who scored in the last minute.