Tough loss for Titans

first_imgAs the Titans’ defense collapsed around him, the sweeper calmly flicked the ball to teammate Salvador Roman, who was about three feet away from goal. While San Marino goalie Royce Stuteville originally pinned Roman’s first shot attempt against the goal post on a diving attempt, the senior couldn’t recover and left the net open for Roman. The Cardinals’ midfielder then tapped in the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. “I wasn’t expecting to lose today,” Monroy said. “I was surprised when they scored that goal.” Perhaps more surprising was the play of Cardinals goalie John Nava. He gave up a penalty kick to Patrick McGowan and a Coco Raether goal off an assist from John Trawick in the first half, but the senior goalkeeper played well in the second half and finished with nine saves. He stopped two point-blank attempts in the 55th minute by San Marino’s Cristian Raether. He stopped the Titans’ top striker again in the 63rd minute on a five-footer. Nava’s top save may have come in the third minute, when he blocked Bryan King’s penalty shot. “We couldn’t panic,” Nava said. “I have to give a lot of credit to our defense because (San Marino) had a lot of chances and just couldn’t make any. That gave us the confidence to make a comeback.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That’s when the opportunistic Cardinals (11-6-4) went to work. Santa Paula caught a momentum-shifting break in the 69th minute when the Titans’ Stevie Yortsos pulled down Santa Paula’s Sergio Alamillo in the penalty area. Santa Paula, which had only one shot on goal over the previous 25 minutes, capitalized on San Marino’s mistake when senior Luis Vaca connected on his second penalty kick goal of the game to tie the score 2-2. The rejuvenated Cardinals then pulled off the stunner. A simple throw-in from about 20 yards from goal by Cardinals midfielder Jose Mejia bounced away from two Titans in the penalty area and right to Vaca. SAN MARINO – It was one of the older sports clich s being played out Wednesday at San Marino High School. The Santa Paula boys soccer team, despite being dominated in shots on goal, hung around with San Marino before scoring two goals in the game’s final 15 minutes to shock the Titans 3-2 in a CIF-Southern Section Division V wild-card playoff game. center_img “We weren’t supposed to show any mercy,” San Marino coach Oswaldo Monroy said. “We wasted a lot of shots. We needed to go up 3-1 or 4-1 in the game and put them away and we didn’t.” San Marino (8-11-4) was leading 2-1 in the 65th minute after out-shooting its opponent 14-5 and was 15 minutes away from advancing to the first round. last_img read more