Nick Sando Wins It For Mater Dei in 3OT

After dropping two in a row, Mater Dei (0-1, 5-2) got back on track with a 6-5 3OT win over Santiago (2-4) on Tuesday. Senior midfielder Nick Sando (2G, 1A) broke the tie with 1:21 left in the third overtime frame.

Santiago came out firing early with three first-quarter goals, holding an early 3-1 lead. However, that’s the only scoring they’d see until the fourth quarter as Mater Dei tied the game at three heading into halftime and took a tight 5-3 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Sharks eventually tied the game in the fourth quarter at five to bring the game into overtime. It took three overtime periods, but the Monarchs pulled out the win thanks to strong defensive play and Sando’s game winner.

While Sando’s three points led Mater Dei on offense, the Monarchs also received scoring contributions from senior midfielder Jack Irvin (2G), sophomore attack Sean Waterman (1G, 1A) and freshman attack Zach Torres (1G, 1A). As a team, Mater Dei compiled 28 ground balls and 25 shots. The Monarchs and Sharks were virtually neck and neck on faceoffs, with Mater Dei winning nine of 16.

Santiago was led offensively by junior attack Ruben Santana with two goals. Junior attack Gabe Benso (1G), senior attack Noah Santos (1G), and sophomore midfielder Jack Wolfe rounded out the goal totals for the Sharks. Junior goalkeeper Logan Yost had 11 saves between the pipes.

After dropping Saturday’s game to Servite, Mater Dei head coach Johnny Rodriguez said his team lost their mojo. He had a different tone after Tuesday night’s victory.

“We got our mojo back,” Rodriguez said via text message.

Mater Dei will look to get their sixth win on the season when they host Trabuco Hills (3-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Santiago will host Murrieta Mesa (6-0) on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Brandon Ross
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