Our SFC Eagles started Spring Break with a game against local rival Cathedral Catholic High School, a crosstown rival just as hungry for a win as SFC.
The first half was a successful one for our boys and we went into halftime with a 4-2 lead. Despite being fairly evenly matched, the wheels fell off the bus in the 3rd quarter and the Eagles were outscored 6 to 1. Several Eagles put scores on the board with 2 goals each for Magnus Falkiewicz (So, midfield), Parker Guiltinan (So, attack), and Colby Rossettie (Fr, attack). The team also took advantage of opportunities given converting 3 of 5 man-up situations for goals, and the defense held strong in the only man-down penalty situation to not allow a score. Congrats to Ben Wakeham (So, defense) for going coast-to-coast with a CTO, GB, clear, and his first high school goal! Lots of “If only’s” to reflect on, but some good takeaways and lessons learned for all the players.
Going into the game against Bishops on April 12, the Eagles appeared nervous but determined. The Eagles had a strong first quarter and were unlucky to be down 2-4 at the end of the quarter. Unfortunately, in the second quarter, the team allowed the Knights to take charge and pull away which determined the overall result; we conceded 6 goals and only scored 1 which then set the tone for the rest of the game. Even though the remaining two quarters were closer, the team struggled to break through their defense and beat their goalie.
Once again, our attack shared the scoring; Colby Rosettie (Fr, attack) netted 2 goals, with Sophomores Magnus Falkiewicz (So, midfield), Parker Guiltinan (So, attack), and Matthew McKewon (So, attack) each scoring one. Brett Koopman (Sr, LSM) and Dylan Kelleher (So, faceoff) both had the edge in their faceoff matchups but were limited in the next phase of play. Despite a very disappointing 5-17 loss, the team did fare well in their man-up situations converting on 2 out of 4 opportunities as well as not allowing the Knights to score in either of their 2 man-up opportunities. The team also worked hard and were successful in stopping Bishops from clearing; they forced possession turnovers on 2 occasions and dug deep to attempt to stop the score from running even further away. A tough loss two days before a clash with perennial San Diego powerhouse, Torrey Pines.