Eighteenth-ranked Crespi carried a 10-7 lead into the fourth quarter and held off a strong late push by visiting No. 13 Mira Costa to post a 10-9 victory. The Celts (1-1) lost their opener Saturday when visiting Agoura rallied from a 9-6 deficit to win 10-9 in overtime.
Mira Costa did its best to hand Crespi a second heartbreaking loss, scoring twice in the final 3:13 to pull within one, but this time the Celts were able to run out the clock.
Sophomore middie Logan Soelberg (pictured) scored five goals for Crespi, which built a 5-0 lead in the game’s first seven minutes only to see the Mustangs (1-1) come racing back to tie 6-6 at halftime.
Crespi re-took the lead early in the third period on Soelberg’s fourth goal, then stretched it to 8-6 on a goal from senior Jake Milkovich, but Costa’s Casey Bonner got that one back with a man-up goal. Soelberg’s fifth goal re-stored the two-goal cushion at 9-7, and senior Rafa Francisco flipped in a rebound to make it 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Crespi benefitted from a huge possession advantage behind face-off middie Joseph Abu Dalu, who won 19 of 23 draws. Senior goalie Jonah Enos made 11 saves, including three in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore attack Josh Maruyama had two goals and an assist to lead Mira Costa.