No. 18 El Segundo pulled away from host Redondo Union in the second half to win 17-7 Wednesday behind a decisive possession advantage gained by junior middie Devin Bonney. Meanwhile, No. 13 Santa Monica beat No. 19 Culver City 11-7, the Vikings’ first victory over the Centaurs in four seasons as a CIF program.
Those victories set up a Friday showdown for early control of the Ocean League race. Santa Monica (7-0, 1-0) travels to El Segundo for the first of two matchups between the teams this season. The Eagles (4-1) have won the last four meetings, three of them by two goals or less and one in overtime.
Wednesday, the Eagles led Redondo Union 8-4 at halftime, but with Bonney doing work at the face-off dot, they pulled away for the comfortable win. Bonney won 19 of 27 face-offs (70 percent) and collected 17 ground balls. He also contributed a goal and three assists.
Senior attack Cory Lund (4 goals, 6 assists) led the El Segundo offense, which benefitted from crisp ball movement that produced assists on 12 of the team’s 17 goals. Lukas Roscoe (5g), Daniel Ball (3g, 2a), Rory Cochrane (3g, 1a) and Brendan Michel (1g) rounded out the Eagles’ scoring.
Defensively, the Eagles limited Redondo’s opportunities with a strong defensive effort. Senior LSM Sebastian Mills forced several turnovers, and goalie Alex Nolan was forced to make only six saves.