When Kings Gold played Victory SJC earlier today at Sandstorm, first place in the Escena bracket of the high school division was at stake. The next time these guys get together, the stakes may be even higher. This morning’s game was warmup for the “for keeps” matchup that will take place in the Spring when CdM faces St. Margaret’s in high school season play. Both teams came out battling as if the CIF crown were already on the line.
CdM junior Jason Simaan controlled 12 of 13 draws, defeating pole, short stick and every other strategy Victory threw at him to compensate for the absence of Ryan Harnisch (also on his official visit to DU). The repeated possessions gave the CdM offense multiple opportunities to run an offense that has looked crisper and more in-synch in each successive game. After a tight first half that ended 2-2, CdM opened it up for an 8-3 win.
Senior Noah Howe willed his way to the crease to score two unassisted goals. Simaan had a nice up-the-gut charge off of the draw to score one himself. Seniors Nino Chavez (1g unassisted, 1a), Max Kline (1 unassisted g on a manly bounce-shot snipe), and juniors Jack Denning (1g) and Stephen Von Der Ahe (1g) rounded out the scoring by the offense.
Senior defender Hugh Crance pushed transition on a takeaway and ended up finding the net himself on a rebound off of junior goalie Payton Fales. Senior goalie Hoyt Crance let in 2 and tallied 4 saves, and junior Nick Guizan let in 1 and had 1 save. CdM’s defense looked very strong and played with high intensity the whole game. Senior d-middies Chad Redfearn and Ryan Brown turned in great shifts for the Kings and played key roles in slowing down the Victory offense.