The well-disciplined Foothill Knights and the injury plagued JSerra Lions had a high-energy match up Saturday afternoon, and the Knights emerged victorious with a 10-5 victory. The Knights and the Lions have talented shooters, strong face off specialists and great ball handling. Both defenses and goalies controlled their sides of the field in very different ways. The officiating was tight with the Knights drawing more calls than the Lions, yet answering their opportunities twice while the Lions answered once.
The first quarter of the match up was dominated by the Knights, even with JSerra’s Lorin Ortega controlling the face-offs. The Knights’ starting attack line put up four goals to end the first quarter 4-0. The Lions defense, led by goalie Jake Henigman, came together to hold the Knights scoreless in the second quarter. Brenden Lynch scored first for the Lions on an unassisted goal to draw closer, and at the end of the half the score was 4-2 Foothill.
The third quarter was all Foothill all the time. The Knights completely controlled the third quarter of the game even with JSerra having multiple man-up opportunities. The third quarter ended 9-3 Knights.
The fourth quarter the Lions made a push to fight back and just could not penetrate the Knights outstanding goaltending. Foothill faceoff middie Austin Babb had his wingmen fighting for possession the entire second half giving the Knights far more time with the ball offensively.
The Knights goalie, Sean Pihl, held off the Lions offense by making 12 of Foothill’s 13 saves. Nate Marano, Foothill’s outstanding sophomore attackman, led the scoring with 4 goals supported by Cameron Stone (1g, 1a) and Warren Case (2g, 2a). JSerra’s Logan Olmsted led his offense with 2 goals, midfielder (offensively and defensively) Brendan Lynch kept up his hard driving play with 1 goal and 1 assist and Anthony DeMaio (1g, 1a) rounded out JSerra’s scoring.
–Special to MaxLaxOC.com