Santa Fe Christian Sets School Record for Best Start

The Santa Fe Christian Eagles cruised to 6-0 on Tuesday with a commanding 13-3 victory over the Valley Center Jaguars. Dominating the faceoff X and time of possession, the Eagles were able control the pace of the game, leaving the Jaguars with little to work with on the offensive side of the ball.

Within the first minute of the game, the Eagles were on the board with a goal from junior faceoff man/attackman Hank Ontiveros. The Jaguars quickly answered back with a goal from Brandon Martinez to tie the game 1-1. The Jaguars wouldn’t find the back of the net again until the fourth quarter. Santa Fe Christian closed out the first quarter 4-1 with goals from Garrett Lipscomb, David Divjak and another from Hank Ontiveros.

Continuing the trend of winning faceoffs and possessing the ball, the Eagles were able to extend their lead in the second quarter by tallying another four goals. With a feed inside from freshman attackman Will Littlejohn, sophomore attackman, Grant Smith was able to get off a quick shot from the high crease and beat the goalie in the bottom corner of the cage. Seniors Chad Clerke and Walker also contributed with unassisted goals. A personal foul toward the end of the first half against the Jaguars allowed the Eagles to begin the second half with the ball and an extra man opportunity.

Within the first 10 seconds of the second half, the Eagles were able to capitalize on their man up advantage with a wheel play that had Lipscomb finishing on the crease. Freshman attackman, Josh Peterson also found the back of the net in the third quarter. With 6 saves on the day, sophomore goalie Grant Koopman kept the Jaguars scoreless for the middle quarters of the game. The Eagles went into the fourth quarter with an 11-1 lead, content with giving their starters some rest and working younger players into the action.

With the game all but over, Valley Center got goals from Jason Blasius and Daniel Belcher in the fourth quarter. Ontiveros led all scorers with a total of 6 points (5g, 1a) as well as a dominant performance at the faceoff X. This is Santa Fe Christian’s best start in school history and are currently ranked top 10 in San Diego County.