Search:
Damian Dottore, Staff
Servite's Zane Rojas, right, wins a header from Loyola midfielder Lewis Kitaj on Tuesday at Loyoal of Los Angeles.

Servite tops Loyola to reach Division 1 final

STAFF WRITER

LOS ANGELES — Servite had been here before after a CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal boys soccer match, celebrating a victory against Loyola of Los Angeles.

This time, though, the Friars hope the next chapter of their playoff story has a happier ending.

Servite’s 3-2 triumph over the host Cubs on Tuesday put the Friars in the championship match for the second time in three seasons. The top-seeded Friars (24-2-1) will face No. 3 seed El Toro at a site and time to be determined in the Division 1 final.

Two seasons ago, Servite lost to San Clemente in the CIF-SS championship game.

“Now we have the experience, and that is really something that comes in handy because guys can be nervous and stressed out,” Servite senior team captain JT Cook said. “We have been working all season for this. We are prepared.”

This was the third consecutive year the Friars met Loyola (17-6-4) in the semifinals. Servite has won twice. Last year, the Cubs eliminated Servite on penalty kicks.

“There’s a rivalry,” Servite senior goalkeeper Keith Murphy said. “and that is what got us pumped up.”

Second-half goals from Andrew Acosta and Garrett Amador gave the Friars a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes to go.

Servite coach Jon Spencer said the players dubbed Amador’s “the goal of the season.” After collecting a pass from Kristopher Morgan in the 65th minute, Amador took a shot from 30 yards out, and the ball dipped under the crossbar and into the upper-left corner of the goal.

Roman Manning gave the Friars a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute with his unassisted goal.

“The way they have used their other attributes to build each other up has been awesome,” Spencer said. “This is a brotherhood.”

Evan Watson and Dominique Royall scored two set-piece goals for the fourth-seeded Cubs.

“That is what they came ready to do,” Murphy said, “and they punished us.”

Contact the writer: ddottore@ocregister.com


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 


SoCal Prep Legends
Search Players


Basketball:

Rancho Christian 61, Capistrano Valley 68 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 56, Troy 68 - 00:00 1OT QT - Completed

Basketball:

San Clemente 41, Trabuco Hills 40 - 00:00 1OT QT - Completed

Soccer:

Ventura 0, Valencia 1 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed

Basketball:

Gahr 61, Los Alamitos 63 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Huntington Beach 64, Loyola 70 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Woodcrest Christian 74, Santiago 59 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Godinez 30, Mission Viejo 29 - 00:00 2nd QT - Completed

Soccer:

Saddleback 3, Santa Ana Valley 3 - 00:00 2OT Half - Completed

Basketball:

South Pasadena 52, Ocean View 45 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed