CASTROVILLE — The Aptos Mariners had a game plan for the Soquel Knights, but in the end the execution wasn’t there.
The Knights throttled the Mariners 11-4 at Aptos High School on Thursday and handed them their first loss in Monterey Bay League Pacific play.
After edging out Santa Catalina 9-8 in overtime on Tuesday, the Mariners wanted to use the same strategy on the Knights.
“We just basically double-teamed Ally Loomis,” said Mariners coach Tim Outtrim of their plan against Santa Catalina. “We wanted to make someone else beat us, and that’s what we wanted to do today.”
Aptos tried to leave the five position alone, because it was their goalies’, McKenzie Phelps, strong side.
They hoped that they could apply more pressure on the Knights’ shooters and force them to shoot from the outside.
But the Knights overcame the Mariners’ plans and scored nine unanswered goals to propel them to the W.
“We just didn’t play our defense and we struggled on offense.”
Aptos now sits at 4-1 in league and has played everyone in the league except for the Santa Cruz Cardinals.
They play the Cardinals on Tuesday at home at 4 p.m.
With the win the Knights are unbeaten and in control of the league at 5-0. They will play every team once more.
“I just think that it’s going to come down to the two of us again this year,” said Outtrim. “We still have to play everyone again, so I shouldn’t jinx it, but it’s looking that way.”
They’ll have to hope that their next game against the Knights will go better than the first go around.
Soquel scored in the opening minute to take a 1-0 lead, but the Mariners held them scoreless for the remainder of the first quarter.
They snatched the early lead when Kylie Krbec netted the Mariners’ third straight goal, and her second of the game, with 1:39 left in the first quarter.
But it would be the Mariners’ last goal of the game.
Soquel scored five goals and took a 6-3 lead into the half.
Aptos attempted just one shot on goal in the second quarter.
“That was part of our game plan,” said Outtrim. “We wanted to take some shots from the perimeter. We just threw the ball away too much offensively, and we hit the crossbar a lot.”
The Knights’ continued their dominating performance in the second half by scoring five more goals.
Trinity Sieraski nailed a late goal for Aptos to put her at two goals for the game, but it made no difference in the end.
“I feel terrible about today,” said Outtrim. “Soquel capitalized on all of our mistakes. We practiced for them. They all play together. We know all these girls. We know what they’re capable of and how to stop them, but you actually have to execute.”
Phelps finished with seven saves.
Taylor Thorson and Catalina Hoover chipped in four goals each for the Knights. Liliana King-Adas scored three goals. Hannah Henry denied seven Aptos shots.
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