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Momentum rides with Point Loma

03/05/2016, 10:48pm PST
By Ed Wehde

'Battle-tested' Pointers defeat San Marcos for San Diego Section Division II title

— The Point Loma boys soccer team concluded the regular season by losing just one of its final nine games, and the roll continued into the playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Pointers’ fifth straight win, a 3-1 victory over No. 2 San Marcos in the Division II finals at Olympian High on Saturday, earned them a San Diego Section championship.

“Wow,” Point Loma senior Jase Sousa said. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a freshman. It’s been a goal, and it’s been a long road. I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates and myself.”

The title is the third for Point Loma (11-5-6) and first since 1983.

“Some of these boys have been playing together since they were about 9 years old,” Pointers coach Elliott Savitz said. “We thought the chemistry was going to click this year, and it did.”

Savitz said the late-season success was built on what the Pointers did earlier in the year.

“We scheduled a really tough nonleague schedule, so we thought we were going to be battle-tested in the playoffs, and sure enough, we were,” Savitz said.

Sousa and fellow seniors Luke Raley and Kyle Hoh found the net for Point Loma, and junior Andy Rios scored for San Marcos.

The Knights (17-6-2), playing in their first final since 1999, came up short in their quest for a first title.

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