his players together.
The Knights, who gathered rhythm from their passing, defeated St.
John The Baptist, 4-3, Wednesday in Pool C play at the Costa Mesa
St. John The Baptist Irish nearly rallied from a 2-0 halftime
deficit, but Kaiser held on for the win, thanks to second-half goals
by Kevin Cortez and Brice Manning.
"You just cross your fingers and hope that they can click,"
Jimenez said of coaching the Knights. "I just wanted to make sure
that they passed a lot."
Kaiser's passing led to its 1-0 lead. Three minutes into the game,
Luis Torres centered the ball to Joel Vascomcelos, who scored from
about 10 yards out. Later, with two minutes left in the 25-minute
first half, Nolan Mena scored, finding his hot spot in the top center
portion of the net. He was 15 yards out and battled the ball away
from a number of Irish defenders.
Though St. John The Baptist was down, 2-0, it still shot the same
number of shots, five, as the Knights did in the first half. Alex
Ouderkirk scored a hat trick for the Irish in the second half. He
made good on a penalty kick after a hand-ball early in the half, then
he scored on a breakaway, tying the score, 2-2.
But Cortez scored and the Knights regained the lead. Manning, one
of the shorter players on the field, also found the net for an
insurance goal with two minutes left. Less than a minute later,
James Napp recorded five saves as one of three goalies for St.
John The Baptist, which was coached by Jessica Gatica, who played for
the school when it competed in the Lions Cup, which is now the Pilot
In other boys 3-4 action:
* Lincoln 2, Andersen 2: In a strong showing of school spirit, the
Lincoln Leopards died their hair blue for the event to match their
blue shirts. Nick Gooding and Kjell Wolker led the offensive attack
for Lincoln, each scoring goals. Nick Curci, JD Dawn, George Kennedy
and Cameron Orr anchored the Lincoln defense, which rebuffed numerous
scoring opportunities for Anderson. Zack Socoloske, Allen Brown, Nick
Rich, Jonathan Jaffee and Spencer Christoff created numerous scoring
opportunities. Andrew McCormack and Kevin Gordinier played well in
goal, each making numerous diving saves.
Lincoln coaches Gunnar Gooding and John Curci praised the efforts
of both teams. "This was a tremendous game with an incredibly high
level of competition," Gooding said. "At any given time there were 18
boys on the field with All-Star or club-level experience. What a
great way to start the Daily Pilot Cup."
* Davis 4, Newport Heights 0: Jesus Estrada scored twice with P.J.
Maloney and Moises Arias each adding single goals in Davis' shutout
win in Pool D play at the Farm Complex. Julio Espinoza added an
assist for Davis.
* Rea No. 1 8, Harbor View 0: Martin Garcia, Gilberto Garcia and
Arturo Jimenez each scored two goals for victorious Rea No. 1 in Pool
A play at the Farm Complex. Diego Lima and Marco Jimenez tallied one