All four of Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s graduating seniors (Guille Bosley, Brian Gould, Brett Enochs, and Garrett Parsons) registered points in the Eagles 12-4 victory over Mater Dei on Senior Night.
The Eagles have struggled through much adversity this season. The adversity began with season ending injuries to Trevor Cook and Nico Houser. It picked up momentum when a hard fought and emotional victory over Tesoro High School was overturned for administrative reasons. And the adversity lingered for weeks as the Eagles struggled to put their starting 10 in the same lineup for a number of reasons throughout the season. The string of setbacks coupled with one of the most difficult schedules in the County has resulted in a disappointing record in what started out as a very promising season.
On Tuesday night the Santa Margarita players, supporters, and coaches seemed to be announcing that they have have fought through the adversity and it has made them stronger with the playoffs looming on the horizon. The atmosphere was festive to say the least. With a loud and enthusiastic home crowd cheering them on, the Santa Margarita Steel Ensemble Band grooving to the beat, and the Chick-Fil-A cow entertaining the fans, Santa Margarita celebrated Senior Night with their best and most complete performance since March. Led by Bosley who played perhaps the best game of his career with five ground balls, an assist, and several caused turnovers, the Eagles controlled play throughout the game and walked away with the 12-4 victory.
The Eagles returned to the balanced offense that marked their early season play as 10 different players scored. Wes Schuler (2 goals, 1 assist) and Andrew Kofoed (2 goals) led the offense. Drew Webster, Hayden Ruiz, Doc Dochterman, Michael Senecal, Enochs, Gould, Parsons, and Barron Stephanson all scored goals. Bosley and Skyler Rockey had assists. Griffin Rockey and Max Vought combined for 9 saves. Freshman Erik Rubeck and sophomore Lucas Mullarkey were superb at short stick defensive middie.
The Eagles are now 7-10 and they will complete the regular season Thursday with an away game against No. 2 Saint Margaret’s Episcopal School. The Monarchs fall to 3-11 and they will complete the regular season Friday with an away game against No. 3 Corona del Mar High School.