Marin Catholic - 10, Miramonte - 6 -- Final

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Marin Catholic - 10, Miramonte - 6 -- Final

Postby DlaxDad » Sat May 21, 2011 8:12 pm

Miramonte Matadors -- # 3 seed -- 16-5 record (10-2 in league; 2nd in DFAL) -- PR 94.55 -- ranked # 8 in North Coast/San Joaquin sections by Laxpower -- Strength of Schedule # 18 -- beat Piedmont, Davis, Tamalpais, University (8-3 on May 6); doubled down on Las Lomas, Campolindo, Dublin; lost to Berkeley, San Ramon Valley, De La Salle, and Acalanes (2x). Won 11 of last 12 games. Advances to quarter finals as # 3 seed due to first round bye. Moves to semi-finals on strength of 6-4 win at Novato in taut defensive struggle.

Marin Catholic Wildcats -- # 2 seed -- 14-4 record (8-1 league record; lost to Novato in semi-final of MCAL tournament) -- PR 94.11 -- ranked 9th in North Coast/San Joaquin sections by Laxpower -- Strength of Schedule # 19 -- defeated Marin Academy, Las Lomas, Sir Francis Drake, SF University, Tamalpais, Cardinal Newman, and Redwood; split with Novato; lost to Piedmont, Palo Alto, and Bellarmine Prep (13-11). First round bye. Took out Piedmont 13-9 to reach semi-finals.
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Re: Miramonte at Marin Catholic, Wed. May 25, 3:30 p.m.

Postby 94941 » Wed May 25, 2011 6:21 pm

MC 10 Miramonte 6. Miramonte scored first, MC came back and took the lead and did not trail the remainder of the game. Close at halftime, then MC took control in the 2nd half and closed the game out.
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Re: Marin Catholic - 10, Miramonte - 6 -- Final

Postby DlaxDad » Wed May 25, 2011 10:42 pm

The Matadors have made a living this season blanketing other teams' stars with outstanding long pole play. You can do that if you're only concerned about two or three shooters. The Marin Catholic Wildcats do not rely on two or three star offensive players -- they have a solid team concept, and a rack of fast young midfielders who all can shoot from 10 to 15 yards, and this proved to be Miramonte's undoing, as it exposed the midfield shortage the Matadors had been covering up with stellar long pole play. The Mats scored first on some nice ball movement and a pass from X to a cutter, but stalled out from there. Three of MC's four first half goals came when the Cats were able to get favorable match ups against short stick defenders, and they took advantage of them. That pattern continued in the second half, with MC continuing its string with, I think, six unanswered goals, to go up 7-2. The Mats scored a pair, but gave up three and a lot of the steam went out of Miramonte. Marin Catholic on the night won most of the 50/50 balls, and plainly out-hustled the Matadors, start to finish. After the margin reached 10-4, Miramonte defenseman Carson Mead switched to the short stick and put in two goals on outside shots, but it was too little, too late. The Mats had a fine run, but the more complete team won tonight's game. A tip of the hat to the Wildcats.
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