CORONADO- In what was the team’s first of three games in the San Diego area, Quentin Buchman and Michael Walsh scorched five goals apiece in No. 5 Santa Margarita’s (3-0, 10-3) 12-6 win over Coronado of San Diego (5-1, 9-4) on Wednesday. The red hot Eagles are on a roll, currently winners of six in a row. Meanwhile, the Islanders had their three-game win streak snapped with the loss.
Jack Fisher started the Eagles off early in the first quarter with a goal, followed by an offense response from Coronado and Santa Margarita’s Nicholas Parrino, giving his team a slight 2-1 advantage with three quarters to play. The Islanders got hot to begin the second, scoring three unanswered goals to and took a 4-2 lead. However, Walsh added a pair of goals to nod the score at 4-4 at the half.
“Mentally, we were just not there,” said Santa Margarita head coach Adam Guy. “At halftime we made a little adjustment on offense. We got an early goal which really helped. That third quarter we really turned it on.”
Buchman scored the first two goals in the third but Coronado responded right back with two of their own, ending the third tied at six in what looked to be a tight finish. Santa Margarita had other plans, however, with Buchman and Walsh carrying the Eagles offense with three goals apiece in the period and team defense not allowing the Islanders to get back on the board, resulting in the 12-6 win.
Walsh (5G, 1A), Buchman (5G), Parrino (1G, 2A) and Fisher (1G, 1A) had the final offensive tallies for Santa Margarita. Chase Lynch won 17 of 22 faceoffs and led the team with six groundballs.
Chad Cobb was big once again for the Eagles in net with 14 saves against an Islanders team who has scored under 10 goals only four times this season (all of which ended up in losses for Coronado). Coach Guy was really impressed by Cobb’s performance Wednesday night.
“I was really impressed with Chad Cobb who played outstanding tonight,” Guy said. “He played lights out. He had a ton of doorstep saves. Coronado has a really high powered offense. They are getting above 10 a lot and to keep them down to six is pretty good.”
The Eagles will look to continue their hot stretch on Friday against Westview San Diego (8-3, 10-3). The Islanders will be playing league games for the rest of the season and are looking to get back in the win column against La Jolla San Diego (3-5, 5-7) Friday.