Shermetta’s OT goal pushes Servite past Mira Costa

Nick Shermetta scored in overtime to complete a second half comeback and give Servite a thrilling 9-8 win over Mira Costa on Wednesday. James Prado had three goals to lead the Friars offensively.

Devin Arkison of Lockdown D was not surprised that Shermetta came up big when it counted.

“Nick is super athletic kid and as a 2 sport athlete playing wide out in football he can cut on a dime, he can cover 1 vs 1  and push transition, not surprised he scored the game winner.” Arkison said.  “Nick is one of only four D1 commits for OC for 2021. His work ethic is simply outstanding and he studies film consistently”

Mira Costa jumped on Servite early and led 4-1 after the first quarter. Defense dominated the second quarter with each team mustering only one goal to give Mira Costa a 5-2 edge.

The Friars grabbed the momentum in Q3. With Will Zeisner controlling faceoffs (15/23 for 65%), the Servite offense found it’s rhythm in the third quarter and closed the quarter with an 8-6 lead. Servite coach Tom O’Leary credited long poles Shermetta and Bryton Hickock for helping Zeisner by controlling the wings on the faceoffs as well as leading the defense.

Hickok 2021 had 2 CTOs and 5 GBs for Servite including a a key groundball off a faceoff  late in the 4th quarter that helped the Friars maintain possession when the game was on the line.   

“Bryton is super quick and plays hard, in tight games he’s a major asset as others get tired he seems to pick up steam when it counts,” Arkison said.

Led by sophomore goalie Simon Ferris (12 saves), the Mira Costa defense found their mojo again in Q4 to tie the game 8-8 at the end of regulation. Shermetta’s OT goal was the final lead change of the game and gave the Friars the W.

In addition to Shermetta’s goal and the three from Prado, Ethan Scaffidi ,Nolan Mejias,. Evan Watanabe, and Cash McVay scored for Servite.

It was a tough one to lose, it was a back and forth game,” said Mira Costa coach Aaron Karsh by email. “Very competitive on all sides of the ball. They made the plays when it counted more than we did throughout and sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way and it felt that way a couple times at the end of the game.

We’ve challenged our team with a very tough schedule compared to what we’ve played in years past to get us ready for league and making a run come playoff time once we have everyone back from injury and back from football.”

Jack Storer had four goals to lead the Mustangs. Trey Mora (2g, 1a), Diego Carpenter (1g, 2a), Pat Kupiec (1g), and Colin Shaw (1g) also tallied for Mira Costa.