The mid-season slump that hit J Serra Catholic High School in 2014 has struck again in 2015. Last season the Lions started out the season 11-0 before running into a four game skid. On Monday night, Palos Verdes High School, the No. 2 team in LA, handed the Lions (7-3) their third consecutive loss.
With an All-American goalie bound for Duke, two Division-I committed defenders and a D-middie senior co-captain, Palos Verdes came into the season expecting to be able to hold opposing offenses in check. Tuesday night, that defense was on full display in a 10-5 win at J Serra. The Sea Kings (7-2), who average only 7 goals allowed per game, lowered that average on Monday by holding the potent J Serra offense to just 5 goals. The J Serra loss followed on the heals of a 13-7 loss to No. 1 Foothill on Thursday and a 12-7 loss to No. 3 St. Margaret’s on Saturday. PV was playing for the first time since March 27.
Senior middie Stanny Gilbertson scored five goals for PV, and sophomore attack Jack Larkin had two. Austin Lowi, Rizal Smith and defender Jarrett Jones, a Georgetown commit, each scored once.
But the story of this game was defense, where the Sea Kings held the Lions in check. Coach Jimmy Borell commended defender Shane Sharp, a junior committed to Lafayette, for his work in holding James Yanes to one goal. Goalie David McCann, a senior headed to Duke, made 18 saves.
Moreover, senior midfielder Steve Delcarson scooped seven groundballs for the Sea Kings, aiding the work of senior Zack Lozzi, who won 12 of 18 faceoffs.
Yuta Murata (2g, 1a) and Logan Olmsted (1g, 2a) led the Lions with three points apiece. Yanes and Jake Schleppy each scored a goal.
Palos Verdes plays host to Oak Park on Thursday, then travels to San Diego to play Cathedral Catholic on Saturday.
J Serra gets back to Trinity League play when they travel to Servite next Monday.