Santa Margarita players celebrate with the plaque they received for winning the Division I title in the CIF Southern California Regional championships. Santa Margarita defeated Tesoro, 5-0, in the final Saturday.

Santa Margarita finishes season with a resounding victory


ORANGE – Freshman defender Madison Curry played sparingly for Santa Margarita’s girls soccer team during the Trinity League season.

She said she was always anxious before kickoff, and that feeling intensified with each step that took the Eagles deeper in the postseason. But her performance didn’t show it.

Curry scored twice Saturday as Santa Margarita took control early and rolled to a 5-0 victory over Tesoro in the CIF Southern California Regional Division I final at Santiago Canyon College.

The game was a rematch of last week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final, which the Eagles won, 3-1. Any anxiety the Eagles (22-5-2) had over possible payback from Tesoro (24-7-3) quickly evaporated as they bolted to a 2-0 lead in the opening 17 minutes.

“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” said Curry, who also scored the winning goal in the Eagles’ 2-1 semifinal victory over Torrey Pines on Thursday. “I didn’t play a lot in league, and to have all their support means the world to me. What a way to end the season.”

Machaela George had a goal and an assist. Dani Spensiero added two helpers, and Taylor Gather and Thalia Georgiou each scored a goal.

Late in the year, the Eagles seemed to generate waves of momentum that carried them to vicotry. One goal opened the floodgates for them, and that is what happened when George scored the first goal in the 12th minute.

Curry won a 50-50 ball against Tesoro’s Maesyn G’Bye in the box four minutes later to put Santa Margarita up, 2-0.

Christina Kosmala came up with two big saves early for Santa Margarita. She had a kick save on G’Bye at the near post in the 10th minute. Immediately following the Eagles’ second goal, she blocked a liner from sophomore striker Skylar Smith, which appeared to take the wind out of Tesoro’s sails.

“Before we stepped on the field today, we made a promise,” Eagles assistant coach Eddie Huerta said. “Each one of these girls promised that they were going to play this game for the people that put them in this game.

“That’s why they came out so determined. I am so proud of them.”

Huerta served as head coach for the Eagles in their final two games because Coach Chuck Morales was with the school’s boys golf team at a tournament.

George praised Huerta’s efforts.

“He’s very positive and very direct,” she said. “He’s always been the other half of Chuck.”

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