Boys’ soccer falls to Loyola

Boys’ soccer falls to Loyola

Midfielder Gabriel Palacios looks to score in the 4-1 loss against Loyola High School today. Photo credit: Keila McCabe/Chronicle

Boys’ Soccer lost to Loyola High School 4-1 today, marking the team’s fourth loss and first league loss of the season. The squad is currently 8-4-3 overall and 5-1-1 in league.

The Wolverine’s only goal in the game today was scored by midfielder Lucca Dohr ’20 in the second half after the Cubs led 3-0 going into halftime.

“We wanted to come out with more energy, but all we can do now is to prepare for our upcoming games and we can’t let this loss hurt the way we play going forward,” midfielder Gabriel Palacios ’20 said.

The team tied 1-1 with Loyola earlier this season Dec. 12. However, in the game today, both standout defender Pablo Greenlee ’20 and senior Alec Katz ’19 were out with injuries. On Dec. 27, Greenlee was featured on the CIF Southern Section Watch List along with other top high school athletes around Southern California.

“It’s tough to be out [due to injury], especially in a game I wanted to play in,” Greenlee said. “Loyola is our rival so it’s hard to watch them beat us on our home field.”

Despite the loss, the team won its last three games, beating Chaminade High School 1-0 Jan. 2, Notre Dame High School 3-1 Jan. 4 and Alemany 3-0 Wednesday. Forward Langston Holly ’20 finished with a hat-trick, scoring three goals, in the win against Notre Dame.

Before the game today, Holly said that he believes these wins and the strong start to league play will help motivate the team as the end of the regular season nears.

League play will continue for the Wolverines with games against St. Francis High School on Wednesday and Crespi High School on Jan. 23. The team already beat St. Francis 2-1 Dec. 14 and Crespi 2-0 Dec. 5 in the first league game of the season.

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