It was a solid team effort that gave JSerra a nice win over the highly regarded Coranado Islanders, but Jimmy Yanes’ nine points and Tucker Guyot’s seven groundballs were certainly noteworthy. The hosting Islanders tried to tame the Lions Friday night in the inaugural match between the two, but after 16 combined penalties between them, the Pride came out on top with a 15-10 win in front of a large and vocal crowd. Teamwork was the word for the night for the Lions. With 13 of the 15 goals assisted, the squad was able to capitalize from just about every angle. Capitalizing on 10 Coronado penalties, JSerra scored on five of them with combinations from seven different players.
Gage Manning put the first goal on the board with a nice feed from Yanes. The pair would connect two more times over the course of the game, and Manning would finish with a hat trick. It’s nice to see Gage Manning’s name pop up so regularly. Manning, who has gone largely unnoticed amongst JSerra’s stable of college recruits, is having a very nice senior for himself, and is practically becoming a household name to MaxLaxOC.com readers.
The second quarter started with a 6-4 lead for the Lions that increased to 11-5 by halftime thanks to JSerra’s ability to control possession and unselfish play. Mitch Kingsley found the back of the net on a pass from Yuta Murata. Kingsley returned the favor by finding Logan Olmsted open and ready. Passing along the good will, Olmsted fed a nice pass to Brendan Lynch for a goal. The Lions then converted three consecutive EMOs with Yanes involved in all three. Yanes found Emerson Roth and Joey Luna before Olmsted found Yanes.
Guyot (7 GB/3 CTO) and Yanes (4 goals, 5 assists) had monster statistical nights in leading a solid team offensive and defensive effort. Roth (1 goal), Olmsted (1 goal, 2 assists), Murata (2 goals, 1 assist), Manning (3 goals), Lynch (2 goals, 1 assist), and Kingsley (2 goals, 2 assists) rounded out the parade of JSerra scorers. Jake Henigman had 13 saves to frustrate the Coronado shooters.
The Lions take a break until Wednesday when they will head north to Huntington Beach to face the Oilers.
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