No. 2 Foothill defeated home-team No. 4 Santa Margarita 6-4 in a Saturday matinee that both teams will be happy to replay in May. Playoff seedings are just two weeks giving both teams a little extra incentive. With teams like Great Oak, Tesoro, and San Clemente nipping at its heels, Santa Margarita needed a strong performance to show they are ready to compete for the first championship in program history. Foothill, having just lost to Palos Verdes needed a win to show the voters that they are still no worse than no. 2 in Orange County.
Santa Margarita started quickly and jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Quentin Buchman (Bryant) factoring in both. One minute after scoring unassisted, Buchman fed Logan Dochterman who finished with an off stick high rip to make it 2-0. Foothill bounced right back when Chris Reem scored with a nasty hitch move and rip low and away before Ellis Geis got topside and buried it in tight to close out the first quarter 2-2.
Both defenses clamped down in the second quarter, yielding only one goal apiece. Santa Margarita’s goal came from Zack Taylor who caught a feed from Jack Allender and threw high heat just inside the pipe to make it 3-2. Kevin Kodzis saved the Knights from going into half time with a deficit when he beat his man on a dodge from behind the cage and put it home from 5 yards out with 19 seconds to play.
In the second half Foothill struck first when Ellis Geis put a rebound in the net to give the Knights their first lead of the game. Matt Harris followed by going top shelf off a tough dodge to make it 5-3 after three quarters. Harris, with an assist from Cole Falbo, struck again in the fourth to make it 6-3, and with both defenses dominating the game that was all the Knights needed. The Eagles tallied one more time Jack Fisher put away a pass from Taylor . The Eagles had opportunities late in the game but Ryan Blank came up with the big saves when his team needed them.
Obviously from the score it was a defensive battle. Both teams came to dee up for sure. One again CJ Deal and Eric Ruback showed why they are 2 of the best dee men in OC. They played excellent one on one and off ball swamed the ground ball relentlessly, and clear the ball very well. Foothill’s George Dalis also continues to impress at close defense for the Knights.
Devin Arkison was a 3X All-American at Hobart College. He is also a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He work privately with Defensive players of all levels. His latest the commits have been to Notre Dame, Denver and St Joes. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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