Tenth-seeded Santa Margarita jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, fell behind 5-2 by halftime, and then came back to defeat Tesoro, the second seed, 7-6 in overtime to advance to the semi-finals against San Clemente. The Tritons are the third seed in the post season tournament and advanced to the semi-finals by beating Los Al 13-6.
For the second game in a row the Eagles defense shut down a team with an impressive win streak and a potent offense. The Titans had won 12 consecutive games coming into the contest and averaged nearly 12 goals per game during that stretch. Connor Ebner’s four goals, including the game winner in OT, led the Eagles offense. The Eagles team defense set the stage for the overtime heroics by holding the Titans to just one goal in the second half. RJ Mazalewski, Bret Enochs, and Andrew Luher also scored for the Eagles.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Mazaleswski (unassisted) and Ebner (from Connor Mullarkey) scored in the first five minutes of the game. Midfielder Adam Smith and the Titans tough, physical defense then started to take over the game move the momentum in Tesoro’s favor. Smith assisted on AJ Chiono’s goal at 3:15 of the first quarter and then scored unassisted to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the quarter. Alex Boyle made it 3-2 Tesoro before Smith stripped the ball at midfield and found Chase Warner who made it 4-2 in favor of the Titans. Andrew Luher (from Skyler Rockey)and Matt Adam exchanged goals to make it 5-3 Tesoro at the half.
Jake Douglas scored on a pass from Sage Devault to open the third quarter and extend the Tesoro lead to three on a man up up situation. At this point the Eagles defense started to tighten the vice and frustrated Tesoro’s attempts to generate any serious scoring threats for the rest of the game. Hayden Ruiz got the offense going at 8:57 of the fourth quarter by penetrating the Tesoro defense and finding Enochs open on the crease to pull the Eagle to within two. Ebner took control of the game from that point scoring two more goals in regulation, and then the game winner in OT. Mazz set up Ebner for the game winner early in the OT. Mazz took the ball up high, rotated to his right, turned back, and saw that the cutting Ebner was wide open front and center. Ebner collected the pass and found the top right corner to end the game.