Sophomore attack Sean Waterman‘s five points (4G, 1A and 7GB) helped No. 17 Mater Dei squeak past No. 12 Trabuco Hills in a non-conference home match on Thursday. The Monarchs who improve to 6-2 with the win, have now matched their win total from all of last season.
Mater Dei got the offense rolling in the first half, scoring two goals in the first quarter and five in the second quarter, taking a strong 7-2 lead into halftime. However, Trabuco Hills made things interesting in the third quarter, outscoring the Monarchs 4-1 and were only down 8-6 heading into the fourth. Trabuco chipped away a bit more with two goals in the fourth quarter but Mater Dei held onto the tight one-goal victory.
“The boys came out strong and got complacent in [the] second half but we’re still finding ways to win these close games which is a sign of a strong team,” said Mater Dei head coach Johnny Rodriguez via text message.
Outside of Waterman, the Monarchs saw contributions offensively from senior midfielders Nick Sando (1G, 2A), Jack Irvin (2G), Zach Johsz (1G, 1A) and senior goalkeeper Sean Homsy (1G).
The Mustangs were led offensively by junior attack Jason Kauo’s five points (5A). Sophomore midfielder Holden Evans (3G, 1A), sophomore attack Jared Friesen (3G), senior midfielder Mason Morris (1G) and junior midfielder Tyler Payne (1G).
Despite the Monarchs seeing their share of injuries this season, Rodriguez is pleased with the progress his team is currently making.
“The guys that are filling in for our injured guys are starting to find their groove out there,” Rodriguez said. “Good week for us but a lot more work to be put in.”
Mater Dei will look to make it three in a row, and for a little payback, against arch rival Servite (1-0, 6-1) in Anaheim on Thursday at 7 p.m. Trabuco Hills (6-2) will begin league play on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. when they host Aliso Niguel (5-0).