Anaheim – The Servite boys’ lacrosse team had a much more dramatic night than they thought might have thought they were in for after three quarters. The Friars led by seven goals entering the fourth quarter but Huntington Beach got in the final twelve minutes and chipped the lead down slowly but surely. Fortunately for ninth-ranked Friars, two goals was as close as the 14th ranked Oilers got, as Servite escaped with a 13-10 win on Friday at Servite High School.
“We did a good job in the first half, but in the second half, our players got complacent and we made a lot of mental errors,” Servite coach Tom O’Leary said.
Huntington Beach (1-1) became the second Sunset League team to lose to Servite (2-1) this season. Newport Harbor fell to Servite on opening day. .
The first half was a half that the Oilers wanted to forget, as the Friars scored the first eight goals. The Oilers didn’t get their first goal until around the eight minute mark in the second quarter, which led to Servite building a 10-1 lead at halftime.
All Huntington Beach could do was chip away at the lead, which it did. The Oilers got the game to as little two goals with a minute remaining in the game, but a late goal by the Friars iced the game.
“Huntington Beach came ready to play in the second half, they were hungry. We need to handle the ball better,” O’Leary said.
Joe Wyper led the way for Servite with four goals. Trent Shimuzi added three goals and goalies Jakob Decano and Andrew Garcia split time in the goal and made a combined four saves for the Friars, who never trailed.
Brandon Womble led the Oilers with three goals.
Next up for Servite, a road match against Mission Viejo on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Huntington Beach, it plays its home opener against No.7 El Toro at 5:30 p.m.