Missed opportunities doom Wilson

first_imgLoyola’s Josh Brown tied the game in the 70th minute and Jamil Devers ended things with a header off a corner kick in sudden death to end Wilson’s season with a 2-1 loss at Long Beach City College. The Bruins, who were seeded No. 1 in Division I, finished with a 25-2-4 record. “It was just one of those days,” said first-year Wilson coach D’Angelo Waddington. “When it’s not your day, you can’t make it happen. Today wasn’t our day.” For the first half and large portions of the second, it appeared it was Wilson’s day. Senior Parker Pharis gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with a beautiful shot from about 25-yards away in the 16th minute. He won a 50-50 ball, settled and beat Klasila to the right post. “It was an amazing shot, an amazing play,” said Waddington. Early in the second, Wilson had a chance to take at least a two-goal lead. Forward Erik Rivas beat Klasila to a ball near the edge of the penalty area and had two teammates charging toward the goal. But his pass never found Kenneth Staelens or Pharis and the opportunity was missed. Six minutes later, Garrett Gunther also beat Klasila to a loose ball and got a shot off, but it bounced off the side of the net. Loyola (25-6-3) tied the game when Devers sent a beautiful cross from the right corner to Brown, who only had to redirect the ball past Bruin goalie Rogelio Ruiz. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie and neither team scored in two 10-minute overtime periods, sending the game to sudden death. David Felton can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1318. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Photo Gallery: Wilson vs Loyola LONG BEACH – There was a six-minute span early in the second half of Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division I boys soccer semifinal when Wilson High could have put Loyola away. Twice in that time, Cubs goalie Kevin Klasila came way off his line to challenge for a loose ball, only to have it taken away by a Bruin forward who was just yards away from an open goal. Wilson, however, never capitalized on either opportunity, and it eventually came back to haunt the Bruins. last_img read more