Santa Margarita hosted Trinity League rivals St. Margaret’s Friday for Senior Night. It was inevitable that one of the two teams would play the role of the spoiler. An Eagle victory would leave the Tartans without at least a share of the Trinity League title for the first time. A Tartans victory would of course tarnish the memory of Senior night for the nine Eagles seniors. The Tartans jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and defended a second half comeback attempt by the Eagles to earn a 7-5 victory and the right to take home the spoils. This marked the third year in a row that the Tartans have swept the season series.
Matt Duenes got the Tartans rolling with an assist from Kent Isuzaka at 10:36 of the first quarter to make it 1-0. The Tartans then extend the lead to 5-0 on two goals apiece from David Shelley and Riley Pok. THe with goal coming on an alert play by Pok who picked up a ground ball of a rebound and plunked it into an open net. Trevor Cook breathed some life into his teammate with an unassisted 10 yard rip at 2:28 of the second quarter to make it 5-1 at halftime.
The two teams traded goals to open the second half. Hayden Ruiz scored for the Eagles, Scott McGowan for the Tartans. The Eagles then closed the gap to one on goals from Andrew Luher (assist from Ruiz), Skyler Rockey, and Connor Ebner (assist from Cook). Ebner’s goal game came with 2:15 left in the game. Matt Duenes scored with 40 seconds left to seal the deal for the Tartans.