In an intersectional battle between the LA and OC No. 2-ranked teams, Palos Verdes made a huge statement as the Sea Kings bullied the host Foothill Knights en route to a 13-4 victory on Tuesday night.
Coming off its spring break, Palos Verdes was locked in for the matchup with Foothill, which has been nothing but dominant this season, holding a 13-1 record heading into Tuesday.
However, the Sea Kings (9-3) had no interest in rankings and previous accomplishments as they were all over Foothill (13-2) from start to finish. Palos Verdes’ relentless pressure and physicality stymied Foothill’s usually high-octane offense.
The first-quarter was low-scoring, but the Sea Kings used a 4-0 run in the second to jump out to a 6-1 lead halftime. The game was essentially over then, as Palos Verdes’ defense did an excellent job of shutting down the likes of Foothill’s Josh Fox, Andrew Cumming and Ellis Geis.
The Sea Kings continued to ride their momentum in the second half, pouring in seven more goals to win going away 13-4. It was the first time this season the Knights had been held under 10 goals.
PV coach Jimmy Borell was pleased with the way the Sea Kings put together an all-around effort, especially against a team like Foothill.
“I thought we played very tough all the way across the board,” Borell said. “When you play Foothill, you have to be able to run with them, and you have to be able to finish your opportunities … but I think we executed pretty well today and were able to cash in on what they gave us.”
Tuesday marked the third season in a row Palos Verdes has beaten Foothill. Last year the Sea Kings won 8-3 at home, and in 2016 they won 7-6 at Foothill. The Knights had won the previous three meetings, including the 2014 Southern Section title game.
Up next, Palos Verdes will look to follow up this statement win with a game against LA No. 12 Sierra Canyon on Thursday, while Foothill hopes to rebound from this loss in a meeting with OC No. 4 Santa Margarita on Saturday.