East County Sports



By Adam Paul




SANTEE (2-6-18) – The last time these two teams met out in Spring Valley the contest started out really sluggish as both teams were tied at the half 0-0. However there was no such thing as a sluggish start this time around as the Sultans were able to strike first at the 29:30 mark when Omar Nuristani blasted one past the goal keeper to make it 1-0. A few minutes later, Nuristani would strike again to give Santana a 2-0 lead.

Santana with the two goal lead was still hungry for more and got it when Nuristani would again for the third time at the 17:00 mark blast one for a goal to give him the hat trick.

Mount Miguel would finally get on the board a couple minutes later as Jose Mendeolia found the back of the net to cut the lead 3-1.

Both teams would actually hold each other for a few minutes but Santana again would break through as Nathan Hughes found the back of the net to make it 4-1 which would stand heading into intermission.

Things in the second half stayed the same as Santana was able to dominate with multiple goals. Scoring for the Sultans a couple of minutes into the second half was Lane Dukes who would also score another goal a few minutes later at about the 32:00 mark in the second half.

In between the two goals by Dukes, Mount Miguel was called for a foul in the box which set up a penalty kick for Santana. Taking the kick was Kyler McPhillips who would score his first goal of the season.

So with the three goals in the second half the Sultans led 7-1 and with the large lead Coach Phillips put in the subs who were able to preserve the shutout in the second half with their defense and also the fact that the Matadors couldn’t move the ball across midfield.

Goal wise with his three on the day, Nuristani has now scored 22 goals, Hughes with his third, and Dukes now has 11 on the season.

On the day goalkeeper Timothy Caravero only had to make a couple of saves as he didn’t face much action from the Matadors as Santana dominated the field possession.

Mount Miguel on the season with the loss is now 2-13-3 and 0-6 in league play.

With the win the Sultans move to 12-5-5 and 4-1-1 in league and keep their league title hopes alive as they now face Monte Vista a team they previously beat 1-0 at home will play them on the road on Thursday, February 8th at 4:30 p.m. and also whom they are currently tied for second place with after the Monarchs defeated El Capitan 3-1.

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