2017 State Championship

NewLogo1After beating the 2016 defending SOCAL Champion Beverly Hills Bucks last week the 2017 SOCAL Champion 40 Thieves team was set to face the defending California State Champion Olympic Club team that traveled down from NORCAL for the game at Serra High School in San Diego. The visiting club’s roster was filled with well known DI talent including North Carolina’s Jimmy Bitter and Notre Dame’s Nick Stinn & Ryan Mix out of Corona Del Mar. On paper it looked like the Thieves were in for a long afternoon.

Just four minutes into the game Nick Stinn broke the ice off a Thieves turnover and took a long clearing pass which he then redirected into the goal putting O Club up. But the Thieves answered just a minute later on a goal from Oregon’s Spencer Robertson and we were tied. At the 9:10 mark Nick Stinn hit again as O Club retook the lead. But Dakota Rohlin wasted no time as he took a feed from Spencer Robertson and brought the Thieves even once again. And with just under two left in the opening quarter after Thieves save and deflection Jimmy Bitter picked up a loose ball on the doorstep leaving O Club up one at the end of the first quarter. O Club had a slight edge at the faceoff edge going 3-5 but Thieves’ keeper Derrick Kravitz kept his team in the game with six saves in the quarter.

Just 3:15 into the second quarter Sonoma State’s Matty Gillan evened the score at threes but as so often happens at the 4:20 mark Nick Stinn barreled down the field after a clean faceoff win and went high on the Thieves’ keeper to put O Club back up by one and giving Nick an early hat trick for the afternoon. But 40 Thieves was not done either as Spencer Robertson scored less than two minutes later. Olympic Club struck again when Bucknell’s Billy Mattimore hit the back of the net and O Club retook the lead at 5-4 at the 7:50 mark of the quarter. But 40 Thieves had a tough time keeping up with the O Club offence as they were only able to add one goal the rest of the quarter against Olympic Club’s three as they trailed by three going into halftime. Once again O Club held a 5-4 faceoff advantage but this time the Olympic goalie had 5ive saves to the Thieves’ one. Turnovers were even as were takeaways. The biggest difference was in the ground ball stats where Olympic Club kept beating the Thieves to the 50-50 balls.

The third quarter was pretty much all Olympic Club as they outscored the Thieves 3-1 giving them a five goal lead going into the final quarter. The Thieves mounted a comeback halfway through the final quarter scoring the first two goals in the period turning it into a three goal game with five minutes left but the comeback was short-lived as Olympic Club added one final goal with three minutes to play walking away with a 12-8 victory and taking the State Championship trophy back up North for the second year in a row having beaten the Beverly Hills Bucks in overtime for the 2016 Championship.