Ruiz powers Santa Margarita to victory

images (2)Hayden Ruiz’s three goals and four assists led Santa Margarita Catholic High School to a 9-5 win over Trinity League rivals Mater Dei High School.

Santa Margarita entered the game in the throes of a seven game losing streak and badly in need of a win to get back in the playoff hunt. For Mater Dei, the game presented an opportunity to show that they are ready to move up the Trinity League ladder. The Eagles came away with the win but the Monarchs, led by the Southron brothers, showed that they are a team on the rise.

The Monarchs opened the scoring at 9:21 of the first quarter as freshman Jack Southron scored with an assist from big brother Nick to make it 1-0 Mater Dei. Ruiz then started to take control of the game as he scored the next two goals, both unassisted power moves starting from behind the cage, to make it 2-1 Santa Margarita midway through the first quarter. It only took Mater Dei eight seconds to tie the game as Jack Southron (assist from Brandon Rodgers) scored his second goal of the night to tie the game at 2-2. The Eagles closed out the quarter with a 4-2 lead as Skyler Rockey finished a pass from Drew Webster and Cullen Bock put a nice cross crease feed from Ruiz into the back of the net. The Monarchs went into halftime down by as the sandwiched goals by Matthew Brost (assist Max Schneider) and Nick Southron (assist Rodgers) around the Eagles lone goal of the quarter (Rockey from Ruiz to make it 5-4.

Eagles sophomore Andrew Kofoed made his presence felt in the the third quarter as he scored both goals of the quarter. First knocking back a rebound to make it 6-4 and then finishing a pass from Ruiz to give Santa Margarita a 7-4 lead heading into the final frame. Ruiz scored his third goal of the night, once again wrapping around from behind the cage, at 9:16 of the fourth quarter to give the Eagles some breathing room at 8-4. Rockey’s third goal of the night and Nick Southron’s second in the final two minutes completed the scoring for the night to make it 9-5 Santa Margarita.

The Eagles ended a seven game losing streak to improve their record to 4-7 on the season. They face Servite at home on Saturday. The Monarchs are now 2-6 as they get ready to visit El Toro next Tuesday.