All signs looking good for Santa Margarita


RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – A sign of a good team is the ability to win when it’s not playing its best. Another sign of a good team is to roll through the Trinity League undefeated.

The No. 3 Santa Margarita boys soccer team showed those signs and more as it defeated St. John Bosco, 1-0, on Thursday to claim the Trinity League title without suffering a loss.

“It’s always nice to go undefeated,” Eagles coach Wade Fraser said.  “I don’t know when the last time a team went undefeated in the Trinity League, but I know the last time Santa Margarita won it, the only loss of the season was in league. So I’m very satisfied with the job the boys did today.”

Sean Goode scored the first and only goal of the game when he zipped the ball past Braves goalkeeper Travis Neff early in the first half.

It turned out to be enough for Santa Margarita goalie Chandler Kirby. Kirby faced some threats in the second half from the likes of St. John Bosco’s Trent Perkins, but the Braves were never fully able to capitalize on their opportunities.

Kirby and the Eagles (18-3-4, 7-0-3) are no strangers to shutouts. Thursday marked the 14th time they’ve shut out an opponent and the second time against the Braves.

Now, for Santa Margarita, it’s time to look toward the CIF-SS playoffs.

“Winning it,” Fraser said when asked what he’s looking forward to most about the playoffs. “A home game, winning it, just everything about it.

"It’s the playoffs, win or go home.”

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