American Martyrs wins girls' CYO soccer title

American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach) won the 2014 CYO Girls Soccer Championship.

In a rematch of two South Bay Conference rivals, second-seeded American Martyrs (Manhattan Beach) held off top-seeded St. Lawrence Martyr (Redondo Beach) 2-1 to win the 2014 CYO Girls Soccer Championship April 16 at Parras Middle School in Redondo Beach.

The teams played to a 1-1 tie during the regular season to share the conference title, and as expected the championship match — well attended by supporters of both teams — was hard fought throughout with intense play.

American Martyrs scored first and, after both teams had several chances to score but were denied by great goalkeeping, tallied again before the end of the first half to go up 2-0. 

The second half was played with very high intensity with both teams again having great scoring chances. Midway through, St. Lawrence Martyr scored on a long shot to get within one. American Martyrs continued to protect their lead and nearly scored near the end of the game (the shot hit the cross bar), before finally prevailing.

"An amazing game by both teams," declared James McGoldrick, CYO director.

The well-contested third place game pitted St. James (Torrance) against Visitation (Westchester), with St. James finishing on top 2-1. 

“Having four teams from the same region reach the Final Four was truly amazing — a testament to the quality of play in that region of CYO," said McGoldrick. "And hosting the event in that area made for a great day of families and friends to gather and cheer on their teams.”

As reported May 30, top-seeded St. Turibius (Los Angeles) defeated St. Lawrence Martyr 3-1 on May 18 at Crespi High School in Encino. to win the CYO Boys Soccer title for the third straight year. In the third place game, American Martyrs defeated St. Raymond (Downey), 4-1.


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January 25, 2015

  • Saturday, January 24

    Building Bridges through Intercultural Competency: A Symposium on the Future of Education and Ministry in the Church, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by two panel discussions on issues of intercultural competency and diversity featuring experts and practitioners working in Catholic education and other ministries in Southern California and across the United States. For more information, please contact the LMU School of Education Office of the Dean at (310) 258-8768.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.), Incarnation School Auditorium, 1001, N Brand Blvd., Glendale. Led by Fr. Bill Adams C.S.s.R. (818) 421-1354.

    Journey Through Grief, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-4867.

    “One Life, One Light” Requiem for the Unborn, 6 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.

  • Sunday, January 25

    44th Annual Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates marine mammals and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California. Activities include building a life-sized whale out of sand, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest” and “Whale Dynamics,” where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.” (310) 548-7562.

    “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” with director Jayasri Majumdar Hart, 3-5 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles. A discussion with Ms. Hart will follow the screening.  Free.

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