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Golden Knights Soccer Drops Two Straight Heartbreakers

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:32 PM by Golden Knight

By Christian Romo

1/24/2011

Chaminade         2

St. Francis            1

Taking an undefeated league record into Friedman Field on Thursday, the Golden Knights dropped a heartbreaker to Chaminade for their first league loss of the season.

A first half goal put the Eagles ahead in the 24th minute, but a deflected header from a midfield free kick was headed into the back of the net for the equalizer by Billy McCreary in the 65th minute. St. Francis looked to rack up another late comeback win, but a wide open Nick Barbarino sent it home in injury time to give the Eagles the victory. The Golden Knights suffered their first league loss despite taking three times as many shots as the Eagles.

St. Francis            1

Loyola                   2

Coming off a home loss, the Golden Knights traveled to Loyola on Saturday looking to steal a win from their archrivals. After grueling stalemate, an extra time penalty kick by Loyola forward Justin Jenkins gave the Cubs the win.

Loyola took an early lead on a Willie Aviso goal in the 7th minute, but a Mark Verso header in the 52nd minute evened the score. Unlike St. Francis’s previous game against Chaminade, this game seemed to be an even match with either team deserving the win.

 St. Francis had a couple chances to go ahead down the stretch but couldn’t convert against the stingy Loyola defense. The loss gives the Golden Knights a 4-2 league record midway through the Mission League season and an 8-8 record overall. St. Francis plays again at home on Monday against Harvard-Westlake at 5.

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