Mission Prep boys soccer assistant coach Renee Leton said she was nauseous before her team took the field against La Salle.
Leton, coaching in place of head coach Bob Galarneau who had other commitments, didn’t want to see the Royals’ undefeated season end on her watch.
Neither did Patrick Foran, who scored two goals to help Laton get off the hook unscathed as the Royals (15-0) claimed a 2-0 decision in Pasadena on Saturday.
“I was quite happy,” Leton said. “The boys all stepped up and played big.”
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Mission Prep, which plays in CIF-Central Section Division V, has now beaten two teams in as many days with much larger high school enrollments from CIF-Southern Section Division IV.
“Bob’s done an especially good job of training these guys,” Leton said. “I had to talk myself into having a modicum of confidence because having our unbeaten streak on the line against such good teams was scary.”
Joey Miller saved seven shots to pick up his eighth shutout of the year. The Royals have given up just seven goals so far this season.
Atascadero wins CIT Tournament
Atascadero bested more than 50 teams to claim the team championship at the 55th annual event in Morro Bay.
The Greyhounds finished with 225.5 points, easily besting second-place Frontier, which finished with 185.
Atascadero, which had 11 wrestlers place, was led by Elijah Jackson’s runner-up finish at 145 pounds. Jackson was the only local wrestler to advance to a championship match.
Other placers for the Greyhounds included Kyle Ward (third at 125), Josh Lowe (third at 135), Paul Woodman (third at 140), Michael Clemmensen (fourth at 103) and Cullen Joy (fifth at 130).
Morro Bay won the small-school championship, placing eighth overall. The Pirates had five wrestlers place, including Jaccob Carlson’s team-best third place at 119.
Kent Beecham (125 pounds), Patrick Kelly (135) and Aaron Mininni (140) all finished fourth.
Paso Robles finished 14th with 94.5 team points. Cesar Delgado (160), Ryan Miller (125) and Kevan Garcia (130) all finished seventh for the Bearcats.
San Luis Obispo finished 48th overall with 18 points.
Mission Prep 43, St. Bonaventure 30
Kevin Laird led the Royals (10-12) with 20 points and Arthur Lane added nine.
The Royals led 26-24 after three quarters and outscored St. Bonaventure 17-6 in the final eight minutes.
“Defensively we were pretty in tune the entire game,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “I was much more pleased with the effort from start to finish in this game.”
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Oxnard Tournament: Morro Bay 5, Temple City 4; Calabasas 14, Morro Bay 1
The Pirates (5-11) trailed 4-1 after one period to Temple City but didn’t allow another goal through the final three quarters.
Megan Long scored the game-winning goal, her third of the game, with 59 seconds remaining.
Candace Milbourne scored twice for Morro Bay, which went 2-2 in the tournament.