University shuts out Mater Dei
SANTA ANA – Mater Dei was missing a top goal scorer and its starting goal keeper Thursday. It definitely showed.
The Monarchs’ best shot came in the final minute of the game, and they gave University plenty of space to find the goal, especially from the middle of the field, in an Aliso Cup pool play game.
The result was an easy 3-0 victory for the visiting Trojans. Jeff Calderia, Greg Norris and Yousuf Elgohary provided all of the goals in the first half.
“But no excuses. They did well," Mater Dei coach Sean Ganey said of the Trojans. “ We gave them too much space and they capitalized on their chances.
"We tried to get back into it in the second half, but we couldn’t convert. They did well to close it out.”
Senior forward Chris St. Germain, the Monarchs’ leading scorer last season, and sophomore goal keeper John Klinsmann were not in the lineup.
St. Germain is out with an injury, but Ganey is hoping to get him back in three weeks.
Klinsmann, the son of United States men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is playing in an academy showcase this week. He will return to the Monarchs (1-1) on Dec. 5, Ganey said.
Defense is one of Mater Dei’s strengths. The Monarchs made it to the championship match of the Foothill Summer League, giving up only one goal in the month-long tournament. On Wednesday, they shut out St. Margaret’s, 2-0, in their season opener.
But the Trojans (1-0) were patient, waiting for their opportunities to push forward and strike quickly with their one-touch passes. That’s how they took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Calderia slipped a 20-yard shot between the near post and Andrew Pimentel, who was trying to make a diving save.
Norris scored from about the same spot in the 31st minute, his shot bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the goal.
Norris picked up the assists on the final goal in the 39th minute, sending a cross to the near side of the 6-yard box where the ball bounced off a Mater Dei defender and onto the foot of Elgohary, who put it into the goal.
“There are still a lot of mistakes that we made, and against some stronger teams, we might be exposed,” University coach John Roland said. “But it is always nice to start off the season with a win.
"I will take them anyway I can get them, but for me this is a time to fine tune the mistakes. Hopefully, we can advance farther in the tournament.”