San Clemente Handles Mater Dei

tritons_san_clementeSan Clemente senior midfielder notched a natural hat trick to get the scoring started Tuesday night at Vista Hermosa Sports Park in San Clemente, igniting a 9-0 first-half start for the Tritons before Mater Dei got on the scoreboard just before halftime, and the Tritons rolled to a comfortable 15-3 opening playoff round win.

The Tritons (15-4) used a stifling defense–led by senior (2 takeaways), junior (6 ground balls, 3 clears) and sophomore (2 takeaways, 2 ground balls)–to thwart the Monarchs’ offense and limit Mater Dei to just five shots on goal in the first half. The defense also successfully defended 10 man-down situations. Meanwhile, the Tritons offense unleashed a 48-shot barrage on the evening. Joining Garrett (4 goals, 2 assists for the game) in the first half scoring effort was (2 goals, 1 assist), (1 goal, 1 assist), (5 goals, 1 assist), Garrett’s fourth of the game, then Collin Zines (1 goal, 3 assists) on extra man for the 9-0 lead. Mater Dei’s scored his team’s first goal on a nice individual effort for the 9-1 scoreline at half.

Caleb Bozarth carries down field
Caleb Bozarth carries down field

Caden Bevilacqua’s goal just seconds into the second half pulled Mater Dei to 9-2, but SC scored the next four–Streeter, Renard, Torin Alm (1 goal, 1 assist) and Streeter again–to stretch the lead back to 13-2. Sophomore defenseman scored late in the third for the Monarchs’ final goal of the game. Streeter’s final two capped the scoring.

Mater Dei freshman goalie had 6 saves in the loss, while his counterpart, , had just 2 saves while facing only 11 shots. Other standouts for SC on defense were Adam Brownell (2 GBs, 2 takeaways) and Taylor Dodd and with a defensive takeaway each.

Despite the loss, Mater Dei completed a terrific turnaround season under first-year coach by making the playoffs. Last year’s Monarchs were 3-12 and just two years ago the team was winless. This year’s Monarchs finished 11-7 and appear to be a team to reckon with out of the Trinity League for years to come.

San Clemente will host Santa Margarita in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Orange County playoffs Thursday night, May 8, at San Clemente HS at 7:30 p.m. Santa Margarita beat Los Alamitos to advance to the quarterfinal matchup.

Photo credit: Kathi Renard staff report