St. Margaret’s Tops Santa Margarita and Heads to OC Championship

Summer came early Saturday afternoon with warm on field conditions for No. 1 St. Margarets and No. 4 Santa Margarita, but that did not stop the Tartans from pulling off a gritty 8-6 win over the Eagles in a tight defensive battle. This is the second year in a row the Eagles season has ended in the hands of the Tartans, but this time it was in the semifinals at Segerstrom High School.

started the Eagles off in the first quarter with an unassisted netter, and the game remained 1-0 in favor of the Eagles until 24 seconds left in the frame when tied the game up at one aside going into the second quarter. gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead to start the second, but two unanswered goals by St. Margarets gave the Tartans a tight 3-2 lead going into halftime.

started the Eagles off in the third with an assisted goal from Buchman to tie the game at three apiece. However, responded right back with his second goal of the game and after one more back and forth goal trading session from both teams, the Tartans ended the third quarter up 5-4.

(center) continued his stellar postseason performance with two goals in the Tartans 8-6 win over Santa Margarita on Saturday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

“[Groeninger] is just a great player he has a lot of pressure on him and is the focus of the other teams defensive gameplan,” said St. Margarets head coach . “He’s still getting in his contribution, his points to help us be successful on offense.”

Tyler Wrigtson notched his second goal of the game to tie it right back up at five, and gave Santa Margarita a 6-5 lead with 7:23 left in the final frame. FOGO and got two quick ones back and took a 7-6 lead.

The Eagles had the ball for the final seconds of the game, but could not cash in after two close shots by Walsh did not go through the net. As a result, , who was in net at the time for the Tartans, blasted a shot down the field as time expired to put the final dagger on the game, and an end to the Eagles impressive season.

“I’m just proud of them,” said Santa Margarita head coach . “Good kids. We had an opportunity at the end. Sometimes it just doesn’t roll your way.”

Offensively for the Tartans, Anderson (3g), Groeninger (2g), Pollard (1g), Vorzimer (1g), and (1g) all got goals for St. Margarets. The biggest takeaway for the Tartans Saturday was how well they played at the dot, winning 12 of 16 faceoffs collectively with Pollard and .

had two goals in the Eagles heartbreaking 8-6 loss to St. Margarets in the semifinals on Saturday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

“[Pollard] and [Totah] did an outstanding job,” Miles said. “It is a little bit of a one-two punch, each of them have their strengths so depending on what the other team shows us, we can sometimes counter it. We’ve been able to so far.”

Wrightson (2g), Buchman (1g, 1a), Williams (1g, 1a), Walsh (1g), and Parrino (1g) all had points for the Eagles offense. had a great game in net for Santa Margarita with 10 saves.

The Tartans await the winner of tonights matchup between No. 3 Tesoro and No. 2 Foothill for the OC Championship game at Irvine High School Wednesday night.

 

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com