Garrett Lee notched three goals for the hat trick in a 5-3 win against Ceiba College Prep in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League play on Thursday.
The junior left winger scored twice in the first half and picked up a crucial goal near the 60th minute that sealed it for St. Francis. With the win, they improved to 3-3 overall.
“We wanted to get back to .500 [winning percentage], we needed this (win) right here,” he said.
Lee said getting back on the winning track gives them a chance to place at least in the top-3 of the SCCAL standings. The Sharks will host Watsonville on Tuesday at 5:30pm.
Javier Alcantar scored two goals and David Romo scored once for the Spartans, who play at Monte Vista Christian on Tuesday at 5:30pm.
Aptos 11, Santa Cruz 0: Reed Moring was lights out in a complete game shutout win against the Cardinals in SCCAL play on May 11.
The junior pitcher allowed three hits and racked up seven strikeouts.
Aptos junior Owen Dueck batted 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Nick Forbes, a junior, batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored; while freshman Micah Cervantes batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
At Scotts Valley 77, St. Francis 54: Diego Rameriz finished with a team-high 18 points for the Sharks in a loss against the Falcons in SCCAL play on Saturday. He made six of St. Francis’ nine 3-point shots, which was a season-best for him.
Christian Magana contributed 15 points, followed by Josh Hernandez (6), Ruben Castaneda (4) and Adam Hernandez (3).
Joseph Rose, Erik Kane, Nathaniel Madrigal and Davin Avila each scored two points for St. Francis.
“We were so much better tonight, it’s amazing what a little practice can do,” St. Francis coach Duncan Edwards said in an email.
At Santa Cruz 67, St. Francis 20: Christian Magana scored a team-high six points in a loss against the Cardinals in SCCAL play on Thursday.
Josh Hernandez contributed five points, followed by Joseph Rose with four, Diego Rameriz with three points and Davin Avila with two points for St. Francis.
At Soquel 53, St. Francis 44: Josh Hernandez scored a team-high 17 points for the Sharks in a loss against the Knights in SCCAL play on May 11.
St. Francis made a season high nine 3-point shots. Joseph Rose made four of those 3-point shots and finished with 14 points.
Adam Hernandez finished with six points for the Sharks.
Aptos 48, Santa Cruz 42: Jasmine Ackerman scored a game-high 22 points for the Mariners in a win against the Cardinals in SCCAL play on Saturday.
Ackerman also recorded 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals for Aptos, which has won five-straight games since losing to the Cardinals on May 3. The win also spoiled Santa Cruz’s chances of going on unbeaten this season.
Jaylen Dang contributed 12 points for the Mariners (8-1, 6-1), who play at Soquel on Tuesday at 7pm.
At MVC 63, Soquel 46: Paloma Ramirez scored a game-high 24 points for the Mustangs in a win against the Knights in SCCAL play on Saturday. The junior guard also finished with 10 rebounds and three steals.
MVC senior Mackenzie Tellez contributed 14 points, eight assists and four steals. Sofia Duran, a sophomore, finished with nine points, six rebounds and two steals; while junior Marissa Cortes had eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
Sophia Tellez, a sophomore, contributed four points and snatched 10 rebounds for MVC, which plays at Watsonville High on Tuesday at 7pm.
Watsonville 40, Scotts Valley 37: Lucynell Rosales, a junior, finished with a game-high 14 points for the Wildcatz in their first SCCAL win of the year against the Falcons on Saturday.
Kaylani Trout-Lacy, a sophomore, notched a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds for Watsonville, which will host MVC on Tuesday at 7pm.
At Aptos 47, Scotts Valley 23: Jaylen Dang notched a double-double for the Mariners in a win against the Falcons in SCCAL play on May 11. The junior guard scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Aptos junior forward Jasmine Ackerman also recorded a double-double, grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds and scoring 11 points.
Santa Cruz 49, at MVC 40: Mustangs junior Marissa Cortes finished with a team-high 14 points for the Mustangs in a loss against the Cardinals in SCCAL play on May 11.
Paloma Ramirez, a junior, contributed 12 points and senior guard Mackenzie Tellez finished with 11 points for the MVC.