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Elias, Marina stun Servite

Boys' Soccer

Goalie comes up big for Vikings in penalty-kick shootout to eliminate top-seeded Friars.

February 23, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH – After having survived a flurry of shots throughout all of regulation and overtime play of Thursday's CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys' soccer quarterfinal game, Marina Coach Jeff Schofield had Servite right where he wanted the visiting Friars: facing off against his ace goalie, David Elias.

As the sun began to drop and a hush fell over a huge crowd at the Marina field, Elias was first to take on and defend the west-end goal in the winner-takes-all penalty kicks phase of the match. The senior proceeded to come up with two huge stops, getting blocks on the first and third shot attempts by the Friars.

Marina, meanwhile, was able to convert three of its first four attempts and when Davis Brady's kick glanced off the right-side post of the Marina goal on Servite's final attempt, the eighth-seeded Vikings captured a 3-2 thriller over the top-seeded Friars.

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Marina fans quickly rushed the field toward the Marina goal, touching off a wild celebration.

"He's amazing," Schofield said of his senior keeper. "He's such a great organizer out there and he catches a lot of high balls. Once we get [to penalty kicks], we feel confident because I feel we have the best goalie around. He's outstanding."

Two days earlier, Marina had survived another PK game, winning, 6-5, at Thousand Oaks.

"To win that one on the road on such a big field, and then to win on kicks again today, says something about our players," Schofield said. "That one [at Thousand Oaks] was a tough one for us and it was really important that we got this game (Servite) at home.

"This is just so exciting. We've been the underdog all year and the kids have responded so well to playing in that role. We're just a working class team and the kids worked extremely hard today. It's great to beat a quality opponent like Servite."

Thursday's win sends Sunset League champion Marina (19-2-6) on to next Tuesday's semifinal round. The Vikings will travel to face fifth-ranked Ventura at 3 p.m. In another quarterfinal game played Thursday, Ventura knocked off defending champion and fourth-seeded San Clemente, 1-0.

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