The JSerra Catholic High School Lions, led by Cole and Jake Schleppy, made a loud statement about this year’s Trinity League race with a convincing 13-4 win over the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Eagles. Tied 3-3 at half time, the Lions scored three quick goals to open the third quarter and then ran away from the Eagles.
The game opened with Santa Margarita controlling possession of the ball for most of the first quarter but struggling to points on the board. Meanwhile, the Lions capitalized on their first real opportunity of the game when Yuta Murata scored at the 3:00 minute mark of the first period to put the Lions up 1-0. The Eagles responded with goals from Wes Schuler (unassisted) and Cullen Bock (assist Hayden Ruiz). Ruiz opened the second quarter with an unassisted goal to make it 3-1 at 8:15 of the second. Then the Schleppy brothers took over the game. Cole ripped one into the far top corner as ran to his right at 8:15. About a minute later, younger brother Jake showed that the apple does not fall far from the tree as he scored on a near carbon copy to close out the half at 3-3.
The Lions opened the second half with a vengeance with four goals in the first three minutes. Freshman Anthony De Maio got it started with an assist from Jake Schleppy. Then it was Jake, Cole, and Jake again, all unassisted to make it 7-3. The Eagles had a chance to get back in the game at the 9:00 minute mark of the third when two Lions went into the box for 1 minute slashing penalties. About forty seconds later a third Lion was put in the box and still the Eagles could not come up with any real scoring opportunities. JSerra successfully killed all three penalties and that was all she wrote for the Eagles. Murata and De Maio each scored again to make it 9-4 at the half. Single goals by Demaio and Logan Olmstead, and two by Cole Schleppy finished the scoring at 13-4.
Santa Margarita falls below .500 with a 4-5 record. They will face Servite on Tuesday. JSerra now stands at 6-2 as they prepare for Mater Dei on Monday.
–MaxLaxOC.com staff report