The SoCal Cup will remain in the City of Angels after the LA Dragons defeated San Diego and Orange County again on Saturday.
The Dragons’ first game was against the hosting OC Bombers. Despite an inaccurate start in front of goal, the Dragons’ backline held strong, led by veterans Chris Bagot, Lachie Macpherson and Drew Loewen. This allowed for plenty of opportunities for the LA engine room in transition. After halftime this paid off, Donald Lee begun winning all the taps in the ruck and kept feeding the footy to players like Macpherson, Joe Silvio, Justin Kenna and Ryan Hitch. The Dragons put on a scoring spree with tall forward Nick Shuttleworth blowing the game wide open with four goals & Justin Hall chipped in with two goals during a six goal to two second half. While the Bombers continued fighting until the final siren, by the time the siren sounded, the Dragons were victorious — 6.6.42 to 3.2.20.
In game two, the Dragons were hoping to avoid the slow start that had plagued them against the Bombers. Thankfully they did, switching on in a big way to jump out to an early lead over the Lions. This time it was our other key forward, Pat Nicholls who stood up with the bulk of the scoring, while classy small forward Julian de Vizio moved into an on-ball role. The backline was strong once again, particularly in the second half, with Lukas Golson and James Drummond making a big impact. San Diego had a handful of chances, but weren’t able to convert enough in front of goal. LA took home the goods again, winning by a score of 7.1.43 to 2.6.18.
The Dragons will have a bye week before heading north to San Francisco on September 22nd, when they face the Golden Gate Roos in a rematch of the Western Regional final.