Ernie Feibusch was actually at a loss. For words that is, not on the soccer field. After all, the longtime Lowell coach hasn’t seen his girls’ team drop an Academic Athletic Association game since, well, he can’t recall.
"I can’t remember, not off the top of the dome," Feibusch said. "In league competition, it’s been quite a while."
It’s been at least five years, and probably more like 10 or 12 according to O’Connell coach Bob Gamino, also the AAA’s head of sport for soccer. What is certain is the Cardinals are 70-0 in league play over the past five years (including 10-0 this season) and have outscored opponents 401-8 in the process. They’ve won the last nine San Francisco Section titles.
On March 8, Gamino’s Boilermakers came the closest of anyone over the past five years to beating Lowell, dropping a 1-0 decision. No other team had come within two goals of the Cardinals since at least the 2003 season (when the AAA began tracking comprehensive stats on its Web site).
The two teams face off again today at 4 p.m. at Franklin Field, with O’Connell (7-1-3) looking to pull off the monumental upset.
"It could be interesting — we played them as close as anyone has in awhile last time," Gamino said. "But they’re usually a level above the rest of us. They have a bunch of club players and Ernie does a great job of getting them to play together."
For O’Connell to compete, it will need another stellar game from senior goalie Maricruz Gonzalez. She has Division I talent, according to Gamino, and kept the Boilermakers in the first meeting when Lowell attempted a staggering 47 shots. Freshman forward Corey Santillan has scored seven goals in three games for O’Connell, while midfielders Erica Dubin (15 goals) and Jennifer Hayashi (12) lead the Cardinals’ potent attack.
UNIVERSITY ON POINT: University produced both the boys’ and girls’ individual fencing champions during Saturday’s San Francisco Section meet. Jonathan Spivack won the boys’ crown, while Sarah Rosenberg-Wohl claimed her second straight girls’ title. The Red Devils boys and Lincoln girls won the team titles.
JONES, GREENE HONORED: Riordan’s Rob Jones, The Examiner’s Player of the Year, was named to the Cal-Hi Sports Division III All-State boys’ basketball team. The senior averaged 16.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game for the Crusaders and became just the third player in school history to eclipse both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career (he finished with 1,318 and 1,157).
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Kevin Greene was named to the all-sophomore team, which was not broken down by division.