We are already down to the final month of the season and things are starting to heat up. Eight league championships will be decided this month and every league gets an aoutomtic playoff bid.
Some league are almost done with league play while some are just getting started. Down below are the games to watch for this week:
Corona Del Mar at Newport Harbor, Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The annual Battle of the Bay rivalry will help decide the Sunset League championship for the first time
Breakdown: For the Sea Kings, it’s simple, win and they’re the outright league champion. After suffering its first loss of the season to Foothill last Saturday to Foothill, the Sea Kings got back on track with a 13-5 win over Edison.
For Newport Harbor, if they win and they win on Friday at Los Alamitos, then they’re the outright league champion. After starting the season 1-7, the Sailors have reeled off seven straight wins.
The Sea Kings have beaten the Sailors 15 straight times, with the Sailors’ last win over coming in 2005. Both teams are averaging 11.6 goals per game, but defensively it’s a whole different story, as the Sea Kings have yet to allow an opponent to score double digits in goals.
The Battle of the Bay is always competitive and fierce and while both teams have young teams, with what’s at stake, expect both teams not to hold anything back.
St.Margaret’s at St.Ignatius, Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
If you’re in the mood to travel down to San Francisco and see these two teams duke it out, then you’ll be getting an absolute treat.
Breakdown: The No.1 team in Orange County and No.8 team in the west squares off against No.1 team in the west. Both of these teams are somewhat similar, as they only have one loss on the season – the Tartans losing to Deerfield Academy of Massachusetts 15-8 and the Wildcats losing to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 8-7.
In their losses, neither team reached double digits, but expect this game to be high-scoring and exciting for the most part, and expect winning faceoffs to be a key factor as well. Both teams are averaging a substantial amount of goals per game with the Tartans averaging 14.5 while the Wildcats average 13.3.
One common opponent that these two teams have is Loyola. The Wildcats beat the Cubs 12-7 while the Tartans won 12-4.
Foothill at La Costa Canyon, Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Knights turned some heads on Saturday in their 7-1 win over Corona Del Mar. Now the Knights get another challenge, as they face one of San Diego’s best.
Breakdown: While the Knights are a younger team than last year, they still are upholding the tradition as being one of the more dominant teams in Orange County. Goalie Joey Garcia has been a difference maker for the Knights.
This game could come down to Foothill’s defense vs. La Costa Canyon’s offense, which averaging 11.1 goals per game.
Servite at Santa Margarita, Friday at 7 p.m.
Trinity League action begins Tuesday, but this is one of the more highly anticipated matchups. The runner-up of the Trinity League vs. the Trinity League champion itself.
Breakdown: Both teams have struggled this season. The Eagles enter the week 2-6 and are coming off of a win over Lakewood of Colorado. The Friars are 4-5 coming off of a 21-3 loss on Monday against Trabuco Hills.
Whoever wins this game will have a leg up in the Trinity League standings. One thing that both of these teams have in common are that they are battle-tested.
The No.6 Eagles have lost four one-goal games – to No.2 Corona Del Mar (8-7), No.5 Foothill (5-4 in double overtime), No.11 Los Alamitos (12-11) and No.3 in LA Harvard Westlake (13-12). The No.10 Friars have wins over No.9 Santiago (9-7) and No.14 Great Oak (12-8).
This game is going to answer a lot of questions from both teams, as both teams are in need of a breakout win. Both teams have great goalies – Ryan Olsker of Santa Margarita and Nate Kennedy of Servite, so expect defense to play a factor in this game.
The Eagles, who also play at No.13 Mater Dei on Tuesday, haven’t lost a league game since 2015 and have gone undefeated in Trinity League play the last three seasons. Last year, the Friars nearly beat the Eagles, losing 11-10 in overtime at Servite.
Newport Harbor at Los Alamitos, Friday at 6 p.m.
Depending on what happens Wednesday with Newport Harbor’s game against Corona Del Mar and Los Alamitos’ game against Huntington Beach, this game could be for the league title. Even if it isn’t these two teams have a strong league rivalry.
Breakdown: This is going to be a battle of two senior-light teams, with the Griffins having five seniors and the Sailors having six.
The No.11 Griffins have wins over No.6 Santa Margarita and No.9 in LA Oak Park. The No.12 Sailors, who have now won seven in a row after starting 8-6, have a win over No.8 San Clemente.
This matchup is sure to be a high-scoring one, as Ed Shean and Drew Anderson lead the charge for the Griffins while Rhett Farmer and Aidan Goltz lead the Sailors’ offense to name a few. Despite a possible high-scoring affair, both goalies have had good seasons with their respective teams – Guido Cuccia for Los Alamitos and Garrett Rovazzini for Newport Harbor.