The Saints wore down last year’s league champs with some pitbullish defending and electric running.
Newbury Park showed technical superiority and greater speed for the first 20 minutes but could not break the deadlock bolt on the Lighthouse Christian Academy defense for high school soccer. Sophomore goalie Justin Berry leaped like Superman to deny some power shots.
“We had no answer for your energy,” the opposing coach admitted. LCA came from behind to win 2-1.
One defensive lapse before the half resulted in the Gator goal, a powerful shot from just outside the box from an unmarked player. Aside from that momentary lowering of the guard, the Santa Monica Christian school worked hard to keep their opponents marked and ground down their superior rivals with sheer exercise of willpower.
Senior Jelove Mira muscled and challenged every defender and every ball to reduce Berry‘s workload.
The Saints had reason to be…
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