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Golden Knights Split Opening Home Stand

posted Mar 29, 2011, 7:53 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 7:58 PM ]

Posted in SFHS Sports

By Christian Romo


Crescenta Valley           3

St. Francis                        1

A spirited crowd arrived at Friedman Field Tuesday night to watch the Golden Knights open their season against the Crescenta Valley Falcons in the soccer edition of the Battle of the Boulevard. Behind a hat trick by striker Pavle Atanackovic, the Falcons were able to take down St. Francis by a score of 3-1.

A diving save by St. Francis senior keeper Hector Carranza in the 31st minute brought life to a rather uneventful first half, but a well-placed corner kick provided Atanackovic with his first goal of the night only moments after.

The second half provided more excitement as Atanackovic struck for a second goal in the 45th minute. His hat trick fell befittingly from his head as Carranza could do nothing but watch the ball sail into the back of the net only five minutes later.

“We played better than the score showed, but they took advantage of our defensive mistakes,” said Coach Appels on Wednesday.

 A scuffle in the 56th minute that lead to a misplayed red card (eventually downgraded to a yellow) sent the Golden Knights on the attack. Sophomore forward Mark Verso would get an easy goal in the 62nd minute that sent the Falcons on the defense, but it was too little too late as Crescenta Valley handed the Golden Knights their first loss of the season.

Santa Barbara          2

St. Francis                 3

On Friday night, St. Francis hoped to rebound from their opening loss, but faced a tough task against the Santa Barbara Dons. The Dons entered the season having won 31 of their previous 33 matches and notching a nearly undefeated season the year before.

 After taking a 2-1 halftime lead, the Golden Knights held on to win 3-2 for their first victory of the season. A couple days after suffering a loss thanks to a hat trick at the hands of the Falcons, sophomore forward Mark Verso responded with a hat trick of his own. The 1-1 Golden Knights play again Monday at West Torrance before beginning the College Cup Tournament in Santa Barbara.