Redondo Pulls Away Late to Beat Beckman 14-9

No. 2 Redondo Union and goalkeeper Eva Lovell shut out visiting Beckman over the final 10 minutes Thursday, enabling the Sea Hawks to pull away for a 14-9 victory. The Patriots, who battled from behind almost the entire game, had pulled within one at 10-9 with 10 minutes to play.

The Sea Hawks (10-2) earned their second win of the week and head into a long layoff well positioned for the stretch run. They face No. 10 Glendale (8-1) and No. 1 Palos Verdes when they return to action April 18 and 20.

Beckman (4-3), ranked No. 8 in Orange County, lost its second in a row to a top Southern Section contender. The Patriots lost 17-7 to Foothill on Tuesday. Their other loss came early in the season to Santa Margarita.

Thursday, Beckman actually scored first and led 1-0 for the first 10 minutes of the game. But Redondo rattled off four goals in a three-minute span to take a lead it wouldn’t surrender — but one it also wouldn’t be able to extend. Every time Redondo built a cushion, the Patriots answered.

When Redondo went up 4-1, Beckman scored two quick goals to make it 4-3. The teams traded goals, then Redondo tacked on two more to take a 7-4 lead into halftime.

The Patriots came out firing in the second half, however, pumping in three consecutive goals to tie the score 7-7 with 15 minutes to play. After Brooke Tokushige restored Redondo’s lead, the Patriots re-tied it 8-8. Emma Hodges and Addy Bass scored back-to-back goals to push the Sea Hawks ahead by two at 10-8, but Beckman came right back to make it 10-9.

That, however, is where Lovell and the Redondo defense clamped down. Neither team scored for five minutes, but Marianna Gamet scored with five minutes left to give Redondo a two-goal lead, and Hodges scored her fifth a minute later to make it 12-9. Sophie Ristorcelli scored in transition a minute later to ice the game, and Tokushige closed out the scoring with a minute left.

Hodges led Redondo with five goals and six ground balls, most of them off the draws that were controlled by Gamet. Allie Shafer had two goals and two assists along with five ground balls. Tokushige had three goals and an assist along with four ground balls. Ristorcelli had two assists to go with her goal, and Addy Bass, Gamet and freshman Jordan Davis each scored one.

Taylor Stern led Beckman with three goals and three assists, and Carly Tobias (3g), Christine Chang (2g) and Samantha Bui (1g) completed the Patriots’ scoring.