By Jeremy Balan
After a heartbreaking loss to Torrey Pines on Friday, it didn’t take long for St. Ignatius to return to form and impose its will against Jesuit of Carmichael in the first round of the Jerry Langkammerer Invitational on Tuesday at St. Ignatius.
The Wildcats scored nine consecutive goals in the first half and cruised to a 15-1 win, but the Torrey Pines loss still lingered.
“It’s still bothering us,” said St. Ignatius head coach Chris Packard. “Monday was the first day we met [after the loss] and we just wanted to go crush someone, and so did I. They’re so accustomed to winning that when they do lose, it takes them at least a game to get back on track.”
The Wildcats (15-3) were led by senior attackman Bobby Gray’s three goals and three assists, and 11 St. Ignatius players recorded points in the game.
“There are 30 guys on the team, and they all don’t always get to play,” Packard said. “It’s nice to get the guys who work just as hard as the starters time.”
Jesuit trailed 9-0 at the half, and didn’t record a shot on net until 5:10 remaining in the second quarter, but opened the second half with a goal from freshman Ben Parietti, on a two-man advantage opportunity.
“It’s a great experience for our guys,” said Jesuit head coach Steve McLaughlin. “We tried some things against the best team in the state, and we’re not going to see a team as good as them again this season, so it’s a great learning experience.”
Other than the lone goal, the Marauders (6-5) struggled offensively, but got a standout performance from senior goalkeeper Andy Simon.
In his first game back from a two-week absence due to an illness, Simon had 10 saves, including several on point-blank St. Ignatius opportunities.
“He played a great game, and he wasn’t at 100 percent,” McLaughlin said. “We know exactly what he’s going to give us each time and we count on him. He steps up game after game.”
St. Ignatius will take on Menlo in its second game of the tournament Wednesday, but its matchup on Thursday against Brophy Prep of Phoenix, which is roundly regarded as the best team in Arizona, will likely be the highlight of the tournament.
“We have five games left [in the regular season] and eight practices,” Packard said. “We need to use every time we compete as a stepping stone to move forward and improve. We want to play our best game on May 6 in the [West Catholic Athletic League] final.”
SI: 9:56 – Jack Bodine, assist Bobby Gray
SI: 7:08 – Harrison Mallen
SI: 6:36 – Philip Alimam, assist John Meany
SI: 4:23 – J.W. McGovern
SI: 2:51 – Bodine, assist Johno Gibbons
SI: 9:32 – Goal deflected by Jesuit defender
SI: 4:59 – Gray
SI: 2:21 – Gibbons
SI: 1:32 – Peter Doyle, assist McGovern
J: 11:04 – Ben Parietti, assist Adam Parietti
SI: 9:52 – Doyle, assist Mallen
SI: 9:01 – Gibbons
SI: 3:48 – Gray, assist Bodine
SI: 3:17 – Gray, assist Joe Lang
SI: 2:26 – Lang, assist Gray
SI: 3:04 – Mark Wurzweiler, assist Gray