The JSerra Lions couldn’t find an answer for Cathedral Catholic’s sharp shooting last Thursday in the MaxLaxOC Game of the Week.
Because of scheduling conflicts the game against Cathedral was moved directly to the day after JSerra’s showdown loss with San Diego powerhouse La Costa Canyon that went to overtime. The situation the Lions faced against Cathedral would test them as a unit to overcome back-to-back games against talented squads. In the end, the task was too tough and the Lions lost 10-9. The loss is the fourth straight for JSerra after starting the season 12-0.
Tucker Guyot, who is a constant threat to push offensive transition from the defensive end, did exactly that and scored the opening goal that put Cathedral in a state of shock. Before they could recover they found themselves down 4-0 at the end of the first quarter thanks to James Yanes pushing GLE hard throughout the quarter and the whole first half.
A mixture of regrouping by Cathedral and a hint of easing up by JSerra let Cathedral string together three goals in a row and put themselves right back in the game 4-3. In the last minute of the first half Jake Schleppy stuck a very important momentum stopping goal to sustain a two-goal lead going into the half.
Despite the lead not growing for JSerra in the third, the quarter seemed to belong to the Lions. JSerra owned possession and scored quality goals six on six despite losing a lot 50/50 ground balls on the wings off face offs. Cathedral specifically game-planned to stop Yanes in the second half which led to Mitch Kingsley taking the offensive load and creating offense for Yanes, Gage Manning, and Logan Olmsted who all tallied goals of their own.
Up two goals heading into the fourth 8-6, it seemed like JSerra was going to control the rest of the game in order to run out the clock. It might have been the game from the previous night coming into effect but it seemed like in the final half of the quarter where the extra gas is needed to keep possession, JSerra seemed to be a half step behind the increased pressure from Cathedral. Momentum carried Cathedral to the finish line to score the game winner with under three minutes to go.
JSerra will look to snap their losing streak on April 29 when they travel to play league rival Santa Margarita.
–MaxLaxOC Staff Report