Carlsbad soccer coach Jeff Riccitelli will guide the Lancers against Torrey Pines in the San Diego Section Open Division title game Friday night.
CARLSBAD One year after coming excruciatingly close to its first San Diego Section boys soccer championship, Carlsbad will get another chance at that elusive title.
The Lancers’ 2-1 victory Wednesday over San Pasqual in the Open Division semifinals not only afforded them a chance at redemption in a final but allowed them to exact a bit of revenge as well. In last year’s Division I championship game, it was the Eagles who beat them in penalty kicks.
“They’ve actually ended our season the last two years, so this was a big one to get off our backs,” Carlsbad coach Jeff Riccitelli said. “I know that loss last year in PKs hurt for these kids all offseason.”
Second-seeded Carlsbad will face No. 5 Torrey Pines in Friday’s title game at Mesa College.
Carlsbad (19-4-3) got a first-half goal Wednesday from Trevor Davis on a free kick from about 30 yards out in the 38th minute. San Pasqual equalized in the 48th minute when Danny Guzman knocked a ball in after a mad scramble in front of the left post.
Twelve minutes later, the Lancers regained the lead when Garrett Snyder headed Collin Riccitelli’s 50-yard free kick into the top left corner of the net.
San Pasqual (14-4-7) had chances in the final 20 minutes but couldn’t convert.
“We’re very happy that we have a chance to go back to the finals,” Snyder said.