Playing its season-opener after some teams have played three games already, No. 2 Palos Verdes nonetheless was sharp Friday afternoon in a 13-4 victory over visiting No. 13 Mira Costa.
The Sea Kings enjoyed a decided advantage at the face-off dot, with senior Colin Fitt winning 11 of his 12 draws and sophomore Cole Clinton winning 3 of 6. Palos Verdes led 8-1 at halftime.
The face-off edge gave the Sea Kings’ young attack line — sophomore Birk Swan (2 goals, 1 assist) and freshmen Brad Sharp (2g, 5a) and Michael Nagy (2g, 1a) — plenty of opportunities to get comfortable.
Defensively, junior goalie Kyle McCann was credited with seven saves, and senior defenders Hart Swan (3 caused turnovers) and Josh Park (5 GBs, 1 CTO) and junior Neil Randall (4 GBs) held the Mustangs (1-1) in check.
Palos Verdes plays at Redondo Union on Tuesday and is home against No. 5 Oaks Christian on Wednesday before traveling to face No. 1 Loyola under Loyola’s new lights on Friday night.
Mira Costa has three home games next week: Monday against Culver City, Wednesday against No. 8 Westlake and Friday against No. 10 Newbury Park.