SANTA ANA- In what was a back-and-forth defensive affair, Jack Irvin’s clutch fourth quarter netter pushed No. 9 Mater Dei (3-2, 10-5) to a 5-4 non-conference win over No. 12 Aliso Niguel (1-3, 6-7) on Monday. The Monarch’s ended their two-game losing streak with the win and won their fourth game one-goal game of the season. Meanwhile, the Wolverines are looking for answers as they dropped their fourth straight.
Nick Sando started the scoring off for Mater Dei with 10:01 left in the first quarter, but Nicholas Braico responded back with one for Aliso Niguel about five minutes later to bring the score tied at one after the first quarter. Sean Waterman’s two goals in the second were the only offensive highlights for the Monarchs in the second. The Wolverines responded with two of their own in the frame to bring the game to a tight 3-3 tie at halftime.
Mater Dei’s Zach Torres and Aliso Niguel’s Chad Thomas traded goals in the tthird quarter to keep the game tied heading into the final 12 minutes. The defenses continued to make points hard to come by in the fourth quarter, and Irvin’s goal with 9:49 remaining in regulation was enough to give Mater Dei the 5-4 win.
“Aliso gave us a great game,” said Mater Dei head coach Johnny Rodriguez via text message. “Well coached. It was a game of extremely long possessions. We didn’t shoot well but still found a way to win at the end again.”
Waterman (2G), Irvin (1G, 1A), Sando (1G), Torres (1G) and Zach Johsz (1A) were the Monarchs point getters in Monday night’s win. Sean Homsy totaled four saves in net, and Sando and Waterman led the team with six ground balls apiece.
Braico (2G), Aaron White (2A), Christian Hovey (1G, 1A) and Thomas (1G) each had points in Aliso Niguel’s offensive effort. Mason Manier was strong in net for the Wolverines, notching nine saves between the pipes.
The Monarchs will host No. 20 Newport Harbor (1-4, 3-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Aliso Niguel returns home and squares off with league rival No. 13 Trabuco Hills (2-3, 6-5) later today at 5:30 p.m.