Mater Dei High School soccer Coach Mike Young knew that his team would have to dominate early to beat Ocean View in the first round of the boys' Southern Section 4-A playoffs Thursday at Mater Dei.
The Monarchs did just that, scoring two goals in the first half and fighting off the Seahawks in the second half to win, 3-0.
Forward John Coggins scored the first goal from eight yards out off an assist from Paul Oldham. Scott Gallegos scored the second off an assist from Sam George with three minutes left in the half.
"We're quick off the start," Young said, "and we try to jump on teams right away."
Ocean View spent most of the second half around the Mater Dei goal. Monarch goalkeeper Mike Reis made 12 saves, including two late in the game that he bobbled and then pounced on, surrounded by Seahawks. Oldham, who had a knee wrapped in tape after a first-half injury, scored the final goal, his 37th of the season.
"In the first half we played very poorly," Ocean View Coach Paul Kollar said. "That was the difference in the game. We never got into any kind of rhythm or passing pattern. We started to pass in the second half, and things began to click."
In other 4-A first-round games:
Villa Park 2, Edison 1--Jason Everakes scored two goals, one with 10 minutes left to break a 1-1 tie, to lead the Spartans (16-2-4) at Edison. Christian Lopez scored in the first half for the Chargers (17-4-1).
Long Beach Wilson 2, Servite 1 (overtime)--Rhett Harty scored 26 minutes into the second half to pull the Friars (11-13) even, 1-1, but the Bruins scored in overtime at Long Beach Wilson to advance to the second round.
Canyon 5, San Gorgonio 0--Brian Lou scored three goals and goalie Jim Frize recorded his 12th shutout of the season to lead the Comanches at Canyon.
In 2-A first-round games:
Bolsa Grande 8, Palm Springs 5--After trailing 5-3 at halftime, the Matadors scored five goals in the second half at home to win their first playoff game ever. Jose Cueva scored two of his four goals in the second half, and Tim Desrosiers, Mark Miller and Sonny Nguyen also scored second-half goals for the Matadors (10-8-1).
Orange 2, Corona del Mar 1--James Vlcek's header off Victor Esparza's direct kick broke a 1-1 tie in the second half and gave the Panthers (19-7-1) the victory at home. David Shill scored for Orange in the first half, and Rick Pathigal scored for the Sea Kings in the second.
Woodbridge 3, Newport Harbor 1--Greg Knutson, Joe Moore and Eric Sprague all scored to lead the Warriors (12-8-4) at Newport Harbor. Tom Walker scored for the Sailors (14-6-1).
Sunny Hills 2, Apple Valley 1--Steve Fichtelberg scored two first-half goals, both off Scott Kimoto assists, and the second-seeded Lancers (15-2) won at Sunny Hills.
Baldwin Park 4, Western 1--Gus Cardenas scored three goals to lead the Braves at Baldwin Park.
Estancia 2, La Canada 1--Erin Wright scored two goals in the first half to help the Eagles (15-8-1) at La Canada.
In girls' 3-A first-round games:
Woodbridge 0, Sonora 0 (Woodbridge advances on penalty kicks, 3-2)--The teams were scoreless through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes, but the Warriors (9-7-3) won the shoot-out at Sonora. Jaymee Stone, Suzie Baldwin and Jennifer Healey scored on penalty kicks for Woodbridge. The Raiders, co-champions in the Freeway League, finished 13-7-3.
La Quinta 1, Esperanza 0--Jennifer Prchal scored with 10 minutes left on a 30-yard kick to lift La Quinta (22-3-3) at home. Wendy Wilson, a sophomore, had seven saves to record her fifth shutout since being promoted to varsity a month ago. Esperanza finished at 12-5-6.
Laguna Hills 1, La Habra 0-- Forward Erin McGinnis scored midway through the second half to lead the Hawks (20-0-4) at home. La Habra is 12-6-3.
Los Alamitos 4, Muir 0--Suzie Triplett scored two goals, and Heidi Sendro and P. J. Long each scored once to help the Griffins (20-1-4) at Los Alamitos.
Mater Dei 3, Redlands 0--Amy Sissung scored twice and A. J. West added a goal to lead the Monarchs (15-5-3) at home. Goalkeeper Michelle Lodyga had eight saves in her 13th shutout.
In a 2-A first-round game:
Valencia 3, Miraleste 0--Kameron Sweeney scored two goals and Debbie Laporte added one to lead the Tigers (16-6-1) at home.