Cal-State San Marcos won it’s third in a row in convincing fashion Saturday, defeating visiting Channel Islands 21-5. We wrote about both clubs last week — San Marcos in only its second year of MCLA play and Channel Islands in its fourth — and the outcome of this one pretty much reflects each club’s fortunes so far this season.
San Marcos has scored double figures in all three of its victories and is winning by an average margin of almost 15 goals. Channel Islands (1-5) has struggled both to score and to contain opposing offenses.
The Dolphins did lead in this game, scoring the first goal before San Marcos took control, building a 4-1 lead entering the second quarter. It’s the first time this season the Cougars didn’t score first.
“Channel Islands has a lot of fast players on the team, and they managed to take away a lot of our transition offense,” San Marcos coach Teddy Hicks said, “so we really had to settle into our offense and rely on running through our offensive formations. The boys responded well to the adjustment, and we were able to come out with the win.”
Once again San Marcos was led by the attack tandem of senior Kyle Peterson (Hunting Beach HS) and junior Dylan Perry (San Diego/Westview). Peterson had seven goals and five assists; Perry had six goals and five assists. In all, seven Cougars found the net.
Goalie Alec Pagliaro recorded 15 saves. In three games he has a .720 save percentage and a 4.67 goals-against average.
The Cougars face Cal Lutheran and SLC opponent Cal-State Long Beach at home this weekend, but the team’s biggest test won’t come until March 16. That’s when San Marcos travels to Temecula to meet No. 16 Cal-State Fullerton in an SLC matchup that no doubt will carry some playoff implications.
Fullerton defender and captain Paul Morgan tweeted @SouthlandLax over the weekend, excited about the team’s makeup, saying, “This year is by far the most balanced @csuflax team in our history mcla.us/team/california …” Fullerton (5-3) has 70 goals and 41 assists through eight games, and 16 different Titans players have scored with 10 different players picking up assists.
And a week after facing Fullerton, San Marcos travels to Irvine to face No. 7 Concordia.