RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Junior midfielder Beau Sabosky’s hat trick paced No. 3 Palos Verdes to an 8-6 non-conference road victory over Santa Margarita (3-1) on Thursday. The Sea Kings remain a perfect 5-0 against the Eagles, dating back to 2013.
Palos Verdes (3-2) jumped on the scoreboard early as Sabosky scored twice in the first 90 seconds, giving the Sea Kings a 2-0 lead after the first quarter.
Sabosky completed his hat trick in the second period, and Jack Collins scored to make it 4-0 before Santa Margarita responded. The Eagles trailed the Sea Kings 5-2 at halftime.
“No heart,” said Santa Margarita coach Adam Guy. “Palos Verdes wanted it. Our kids didn’t show any heart in that first half. Our kids weren’t mentally ready to go and PV came out ready to rock.”
The second half was different, though, with Santa Margarita scratching back and pulling within one with 8:10 to play.
“We can’t win face-offs, and that makes things tough,” PV coach Jimmy Borell said via text. “Our defense and goalies played awesome, but our wing play [on face-offs] is brutal.”
Senior Chase Lynch won 12 of 17 face-offs for Santa Margarita, which turned those possessions into offense in the second half. Junior midfielder Michael Walsh brought the Eagles within two with 7:03 left in the third, and early fourth-quarter goals by junior SSDM Robert Colley and junior midfielder Quentin Buchman brought the Eagles to within one at 6-5 with 8:10 left.
“We started trying to play as a team for a little bit and we scored goals,” Guy said. “Defensively, we were responsible for four goals. Too many turnovers. So while our offense clicked a little bit, on the other side of the ball we fell apart.”
The teams traded goals over the final eight minutes in a game that wasn’t secured even when Austin Lowi scored inside of the four-minute mark to give Palos Verdes an 8-6 lead. The Sea Kings managed to hold on through some tense final Eagles’ possessions to secure the win.
“Kyle McBride played unreal against Buchman,” Borell said. “[Matt] Nagy killed it, too, and Josh Park was a ground-ball machine. Gotta give the D some love. They won it for us.”
Borell said goalies JJ Barry and Kyle McCann each made a half-dozen saves in their one half of action.
Sabosky (3g) and Collins (2g, 1a) led the offense for PV. Lowi (1g, 1a), junior midfielder Jake Nolls (1g) and McBride (1g) rounded out the Sea Kings’ scoring.
Buchman (2g) led the Eagles’ scoring, with Walsh, Colley, sophomore attack Ryan You and freshman attack Tyler Wrightson each scoring one.
Santa Margarita travels to face St. Margaret’s Episcopal (2-3) on Tuesday. Palos Verdes opens Bay League play at Peninsula (1-3) on Tuesday.