Coronado High tried to defend their home turf on Saturday in a thrilling out-of-state matchup with the Saint Mark’s Lions of Dallas, Texas. A game that went back and forth from the first whistle to the last, the two high-powered offenses were nothing short of entertaining. Ultimately, the Lions were able to stave off a late surge by the Islanders to hold on to a 12-11 victory.
The Lions started the game with a strong possession that ended with an alley dodge and righty shot on the run from midfielder Luke Rogers to go up 1-0 early. After a couple of saves from the St. Marks goalie, Walker Mullen, Coronado All-American lefty attackman, Anthony DeMaio was able to beat his defender with a dodge from X giving him an in-close finish to tie the score. The Lions won the time of possession battle in the first quarter and were able to put two more past the Coronado goalie to go into the second quarter up 3-1.
The Islanders came back strong in the second, scoring four goals, two of which came from sophomore left-handed attackman Nicholas DeMaio, to go ahead 5-3. The Lions were able to get one back before the half with a well executed skip pass from Will Cotten to Josh Daniels who had time and room to put one in the bottom corner of the cage. The Islanders went into the half with a 5-4 lead.
Coronado came out of the break aggressively, putting three impressive goals away to increase their lead on the Lions. A long side-armed skip pass from Nicholas DeMaio to brother, Anthony on the doorstep, a nifty hockey style rebound goal for Nicholas, and then a well anticipated intercepted clear pass and quick bouncer by long-pole Mikael Eyerman put the Islanders up 8-4 early in the second half. The momentum quickly shifted when the Islanders were called for unnecessary roughness, giving St. Mark’s a two-minute, locked in extra man opportunity. St. Mark’s was able to capitalize on the unreleasable penalty, scoring three times before adding a fourth soon after the penalty was released. Coronado squandered an 8-4 lead at a critical time in the game, and a goal with 8 seconds left in the quarter by St. Mark’s midie Rish Basu gave the Lions life heading into the final quarter.
Coronado started the fourth quarter much like the way they finished the third, sloppy. Two turnovers on their first two possessions and a slash that put them a man down led to goals for the Lions with 7 minutes remaining in the game. The Lions were able add insurance to their lead with a dodge and feed from X to an open Graham Gillespie for a long-range, high-to-high rip that rung pipe and ricocheted into the net. After breaking his stick in half on the defensive end, Anthony DeMaio was able to break away from the defender who was shutting him off to receive a well-placed feed from brother, Nicholas to put the Islanders back within two with 3:30 remaining in the game. Less than one minute later, with the roles reversed, Anthony was able to find Nicholas for a goal to put them within one. In failing to keep it in the box, St. Mark’s turned the ball over back to Coronado with 1:20 left in the game. An unsuccessful play by Coronado led to a clear by the St. Mark’s Lions and their eventual running out of the clock, giving them a hard earned one-goal victory.
Thanks to TVX Sports Video for sharing the footage for the highlights.