Servite Looks to Cash in on First Home Playoff Game

Matchup: No. 9 Yorba Linda Mustangs (5-0, 13-4) at No. 8 Servite Friars (3-3, 12-6) 6 p.m.

Conference Standing:
Yorba Linda: First (Century League).
Servite: Second (Trinity League).

Things to Know About Yorba Linda
The Mustangs are an up an coming program that comes into this year’s playoffs with their highest seed ever.  Yorba Linda earned their automatic bid by winning the Century League for the fifth straight year.  They gone 37-0 in league play during that stretch.  Yorba Linda defeated three fellow playoff opponents this season: No. 16 Huntington Beach by a score of 14-7 on March 10, No. 14 Santiago by a score of 7-4 on March 24,  and No. 15 Los Alamitos by a score of 8-6 on April 3.

Things to Know About Servite
Another up and coming program, the Friars are hosting a playoff game for the first time. In addition to beating Yorba Linda 6-1 on March 20, the Friars defeated No. 16 Huntington Beach, and No. 10 Mater Dei (they split their season series with the Monarchs).  Servite’s season-ending one-goal loss to No. 5 Santa Margarita gave the Friars a boost of confidence that they can run with the big dogs and may have helped them win the battle for the final home-game seed.

Players to Watch for Yorba Linda:
Christian Finke, Andrew Flanders, Marc Rubio, Bryce Wada, and Trent Walker.

Players to Watch for Servite:
Jack Terrones (Attack), Donovan Harper (Midfield), Cole Brennan (Midfield), Hayden Rodenbeck (Defense), and Andrew Garcia (Goalie).

Final Take:

Buckle up! This will be a rematch from an earlier matchup this season, where Servite defeated Yorba Linda 6-1 at home on March 20. The only difference is, this game should not be as low scoring.

Yorba Linda easily handled the Century League, going undefeated. After their 2-2 start, they’ve gone 11-2 the remainder of the way, which included a recent eight-game winning streak. The only knock on the Mustangs this season was they did not beat a team that ranked in the top 10 in Orange County all season up to this point.

Servite is another feel-good story from the improved Trinity League. The Friars won the most regular season games in program history. Captains Hayden Rodenbeck and Donovan Harper have helped change the team culture for the better. Although the team has dropped two straight games, they came very close to upsetting Trinity rival No. 5 Santa Margarita this past Saturday, and will use that as momentum going into Tuesday.

This should be a close game as the seedings suggest.

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com