Servite soccer defeats Loyola to advance to the CIF Championship game
Posted 02/26/2013 10:33PM
The Servite soccer team hosted the highly ranked Loyola High School team today in the Semi-Finals of the CIF Division I playoffs. A large crowd turned out at Courage Field to cheer on the Friars and root for them to continue their run in the playoffs.
The game was a defensive struggle in the first half, with neither team scoring, yet each controlling possession for parts of the half.
The Friars defense turned away numerous scoring chances in the second half, as the Cubs got dangerously close to the goal on several throw ins and set pieces. Goalkeeper Keith Murphy had five saves and he leaned on his defense for a few more as the Servite defenders also knocked three potential goals away from the net.
As the second half extended into extra time, Servite capitalized on a scoring chance. After a free kick, the Servite players were scrambling for the loose ball in traffic in the penalty box when the ball bounced out to the top of the box. Defender Daniel Munoz pounced on the ball and fired a shot into the upper right corner of the net for the winning goal with less than a minute left in extra time. The Servite defense collected its thirteenth shutout of the season and its fifth in the last six games.
Servite now advances to the CIF Championship Game and will face San Clemente High School on either March 1st or 2nd at a site and time to be determined.