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St. Francis Soccer Sweeps The Week

posted Mar 29, 2011, 8:07 PM by Golden Knight

Posted in SFHS Sports

By Christian Romo


Photo Courtesy: Glendale News Press

Harvard-Westlake           2

St. Francis                            3

St. Francis limped into Monday’s contest against Harvard-Westlake with a two-game losing streak looking to take back control in the Mission League race. After two straight late losses, the Golden Knights produced some second-half success of their own to defeat the Wolverines at Friedman Field on Monday night.

 Sophomore forward Mark Verso led the way with three goals, and it wouldn’t be his only hat trick of the week. His final goal in the second half put the Golden Knights on top for good and extinguished a two game losing streak.

 Crespi                                   0

St. Francis                            4

Coming off an exciting home win, St. Francis hosted Crespi two days later looking to create a winning streak and some separation in the Mission League standings. After a series of tough games, the Golden Knights shellacked an overwhelmed Crespi team.

Senior forward Christian Swart tacked on two goals, including one off a beautiful cross from senior midfielder Connor Snashall. Junior Billy McCreary got into the action with a goal and sophomore forward Mark Verso continued an impressive scoring streak by adding one of his own.

 St. Francis                            4

Alemany                              0

After home wins against Harvard-Westlake and Crespi reversed a two-game losing streak, the Golden Knights went on the road to Mission Hills to face Bishop Alemany. Behind another hat trick by sophomore forward Mark Verso, St. Francis stormed out to an early lead and never let up to grab their third straight win.

All three of Verso’s goals were scored in the first half, and a goal by junior Billy McCreary set the score at 4-0 before the halftime whistle was blown. Verso’s performance was a step up from his previous game against Alemany in which he scored two goals behind St. Francis’s 3-0 win in their Mission League home opener.

Behind a three-game winning streak, the Golden Knights now have a 7-2 league record with the season winding down. St. Francis has a good chance of finishing on top in the Mission League but faces the toughest part of their league schedule to close out the season. The Golden Knights head to Sherman Oaks on Friday to face Notre Dame, followed by a Monday night game at Chaminade before the regular season finale at home against Loyola.