Two weeks ago, Mater Dei faced off against Santa Margarita in a Trinity league match up. Mater Dei scored first. Nico Houser scored for the Eagles and the first quarter ended 1-1. The Eagles pulled ahead in the second quarter and ended up winning 11-4. Fast forward two weeks.
On Saturday, history repeated itself. Mater Dei scored first. Nico Houser scored for the Eagles and the first quarter ended 1-1, again. The Eagles pulled ahead in the second quarter, the final score? You guessed it, 11-4. Whether we quote from the late Yogi Berra or the movie “Groundhog’s Day”, the fact remains that these two teams like to repeat themselves.
As before, this game was mostly Eagles, showing a balanced offense and good defense. Ravi Dhouni (4gbs) once again showed his leadership and skill. He picked at and checked the Monarchs to cause turnovers. Eric Rubak, CJ Deal and Avery Beck‘s aggressive play prevented the Monarch’s from getting into any type of rhythm on offense. Max Vought looked good in goal with 8 saves. Billy Senecal won 80% of the face offs for the Eagles. Mr. Senecal has improved game by game and will not doubt be a force to reckon with in the future since he is only a sophomore.
The Eagles scoring was lead by Hayden Ruiz and Zach Taylor who had two goals and two assists each. Houser had three goals including two rips from 10- 15 yards out. Andrew Kofoed had two goals and an assist. Michael Senecal and Logan Dochterman each added a goal for the Eagles. The Monarchs and the Eagles now have the same records, both at 9-4, they wouldn’t have it any other way. Next up for the Monarchs is Marina. The Eagles play San Marcos of San Diego.
–Special to MaxLaxOC, Courtesy SMCHS