NEWPORT BEACH- Will Favreau’s five point (4G, 1A) performance lifted No. 1 Corona Del Mar (6-0) to a 12-6 win over No. 6 Servite (1-1, 8-3). The Sea Kings remained perfect on the season and showed why they are ranked first in the county. The Friars have now dropped two in a row and are looking for answers offensively, as they have only scored nine goals the past two games.
“We just need guys that are hungry to get the ball in their stick and make smart plays,” said Servite head coach Tom O’Leary. “It has to be about quality and patience. We want to maintain possession of the ball for most of the game. We want patience first, then quality shots second.”
CDM got on the board quickly with three goals in the first quarter. Another five in the second quarter gave CdM an 8-2 lead heading into halftime. The offense did not slow down in the third as they pulled out to a commanding 12-3 lead after three quarters. Servite did not go quietly, however, as they doubled their score total but still lost the game 12-6.
“CDM is obviously in the top spot for a reason,” O’Leary said. “They executed very well on rides, on their offense, on defense. Our guys worked all the way through the fourth quarter until the end of the game which is one thing we’re always going to focus on and push in their heads is that the number one thing we want to do is we want to come out here everyday and compete and if you want to be the best, you have to come through CDM at some point.”
Outside of Favreau’s five points, the Sea Kings were led offensively by Sachin Gokhale (1G, 2A), Eric Fries (2G), Ryan Meckler (2G), Bobby Purcifull (1G) and Chandler Fincher (1G). Jordan Pakzad led the team defensively with three caused turnovers and Kyle Cord had seven saves between the pipes.
The Friars saw scoring contributions from Alec Paz (2G), Jack Terrones (2G), Donovan Harper (1G) and Carter Bays (1G). Andrew Garcia had 12 saves in net and the team notched 25 total groundballs throughout the game.
“It comes down to them just having short-term memory,” O’Leary said. “In terms of having two losses in our last two games, we just have to get by this. The only way to get by it is playing another team and it can’t come sooner than right now.”
The Friars will look to get back on track as they travel down to San Juan Capistrano to take on JSerra (0-1,1-6) tonight at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Corona Del Mar will look to stay defeated as they travel south for a clash with Torrey Pines (7-0) Saturday at 1 p.m.