Boys’ Round 1 Preview: No. 7 El Toro vs. No. 10 Mater Dei

No. 7 El Toro Chargers (6-2, 9-7) will host No. 10 Mater Dei Monarchs (3-3, 12-6) at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs.  The two teams did not meet during the season.

Conference Standing:
Mater Dei: Third (Trinity League).
El Toro: Second (South Coast League).

Season Highlights for Mater Dei:
The defensive-minded Monarchs held opponents to single digits in all but four of their games, and demonstrated they know how to win the close one. Mater Dei was 5-1 in one-goal contests. Mater Dei had three wins over fellow playoff teams:  6-5 over No. 14 Santiago in 3OT on March 14, 6-3 win over No. 8 Servite on March 14, and 7-3 win over No. 16 Huntington Beach on April 27.

Season Highlights for El Toro:
The Chargers moved up from the Sea View League to the South Coast League this season and showed they belonged with a second place finish.  Their only league losses were at the hands of No. 2 San Clemente.  El Toro claimed four wins over fellow playoff contenders: 6-4 over No. 16 Huntington Beach on March 7,  11-5 over No. 13 Trabuco Hills on March 24, 9-6 over No. 12 Beckman on March 30, and 17-7 over No. 13 Trabuco Hills on April 7.

Players to Watch for Mater Dei:
(Midfield), (Attack), (Attack), (Defensive Midfield), and (Goalie).

Players to Watch for El Toro:
(Attack), (Attack), (anywhere but goalie), (Defense), and (Goalie) .

Final Take:

Mater Dei may be the most improved program in the county. The Monarchs reversed last season’s 6-12 record to 12-6 this season. This is a relatively young roster that will continue to grow.

El Toro got hit with a tough schedule mostly due to the league that they are in, having lost two to No. 2 San Clemente. However, the Chargers are strong up the middle and has really broken out. They’re tough to play at home, going 6-2.

Both teams should be playoff ready, having played competitive league schedules and adding some challenging non-league opponents.  Look for a low scoring game.  The Chargers averaged just under 10 goals per game, but have a number of scoring options. The Monarchs have allowed less than seven goals per game and specialize in pulling out the close ones.

 

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com