CONCORD -- The final two games of the De La Salle Showcase featured the top two-ranked North Coast Section boys soccer teams playing top quality teams from the Southern Section as No. 1 De La Salle High and No. 2 Campolindo faced Cathedral-Los Angeles and Servite-Anaheim respectively on Saturday night.
The host Spartans put the finishing touches on the 10-game slate and were upended by Cathedral, which joined San Ramon Valley and Berkeley as the only teams to win twice after its 2-1 win on Saturday night.
The Spartans had a draw and a loss in their Showcase, and will look to get things rolling when they travel to Nautical Cup in San Diego after Christmas.
"We need to work on our efficiency, especially in the final third," De La Salle coach Derricke Brown said. "We also need to get some more game experience, but it was a good event with good teams and talented players."
De La Salle (2-1-2) certainly had very good chances, making Phantoms keeper Kris Guerra earn six saves.
It was a goal in each half for Cathedral (6-0-1), both coming at crucial times. The first came late in the first half, just seven minutes before halftime. The second, in the 65th minute, made it a tough mountain to climb.
The Spartans made the last 15 minutes interesting as Roo Ringlestein put them on the board with a 67th minute goal that breathed new life into Owen Owens Stadium.
The comeback nearly came to fruition, but Guerra's final save came on a penalty kick with two minutes left.
Servite 1, Campolindo 0: On Friday night, De La Salle finished in a 1-1 draw with Servite, leaving the Cougars a chance to stake claim to the No. 1 spot in the Bay Area News Group East Bay rankings by beating that same team.
Campolindo stood tall with the Friars, and had a good run of play in the first half, but the second half was a different story in a 1-0 loss. It was the second game in two days for Campolindo.
"I think we just wore down," Campolindo coach Shane Carney said. "I think our legs just went out in the end and it comes down to that."
After an initial flurry to start the first half in which Servite (3-1-3) had them on their heels, the Cougars (7-1-1) had the better of it until halftime.
They had two great chances to put away a goal, but Preston Kilwien's rocket shot from the left side was stopped, and Ben Magidson's chip sailed just wide.
Both opportunities would be rued, as the Friars scored in the 64th minute on a penalty kick by JT Cook.
Before that point, it was Campolindo keeper Jeff Lefcourt who kept his team in the game. In the 58th minute he made a fantastic save, denying a goal, and then did so again just two minutes later.
"He stepped up," Carney said. "He was the best player for us and kept us in it."
Ygnacio Valley 2, St. Mary's 1: The Showcase featured two of the top contenders in Division II in NCS faced off, as the Warriors looked to keep their streak of not allowing a goal alive, and the Panthers had their first test against a D II contender.
Ygnacio Valley gave up its first goal of the season, but responded with the next two and held on for a 2-1 win.
"Once they took the lead, we actually started playing better," Ygnacio Valley coach Cesar Chavez said. "It's good to see our boys get down and then battle through it."
St. Mary's (4-2-0) scored in the 26th minute, when Aureo Mesquita's free kick was right on target to Ihson Nassiri who put the ball away nicely.
The Panthers nearly took that lead into the locker room, but three minutes before halftime is when the Warriors (5-0-0) got level.
Mario Mendez scored on a free kick, his second such goal of the week.
Ygnacio Valley didn't wait long after halftime to take the lead as prolific scorer Tata Ayala scored his seventh goal of the season on a ball he was just able to sneak inside the near post.
Richmond 4, Lincoln-San Jose 2: The Oilers bounced back from a defeat to Cathedral-Los Angeles the previous night, a game in which they had chances, scoring two first half goals to beat their Central Coast Section counterparts, 4-2.
Richmond (3-1-0) controlled the first half from start to finish as goals by Addison Escobar and Ruben Cervantes were the reward for a well-played half of soccer.
"We have a good group and they possessed the ball very well in the first half," Richmond coach Rene Siles said. "I was a little surprised that we looked tired in the second half, but overall we played well."
Lincoln (2-4-1) applied pressure to the Oilers that they did not see in the first half, but Humberto Melendez was able to withstand, saving three shots and giving up only a cosmetic goal with eight minutes left.
By that time, Richmond had pushed the lead to 3-0 as Eduardo Bautista added a goal in the 69th minute to put matters to rest. Alexis Montano answered the Lions goal just three minutes after they scored, to kill any momentum.