Tiger Who?

Martinez Hat Trick Lifts Tritons in Triple-Overtime Thriller


Down 2-1 with the final minutes of regulation ticking away, the San Clemente Tritons appeared to be exiting the division 1 CIF-Southern Section soccer playoffs just as quickly as they’d entered.  But the Tritons increased the pressure they’d been applying to the Ayala High box all match and with approximately three minutes left before full time,  super striker Andy Martinez scored the second of his three goals to equalize the match.

San Clemente had the Bulldogs pinned back in their box for much of the game and struck first with Martinez’s first goal, midway through the first half. But the Bulldogs answered, then took the advantage 2-1 midway through the second half. But the Tritons late heroic instead landed them in alternating 10-minute golden goal overtimes.

Ayala came close to sealing the deal when a shot plastered the crossbar, but SC keeper Andrew Cuchessi assured me after the match that he had it covered.

Martinez completed the hat trick to end the third overtime period and help the Tritons advance to the second round of CIF off a tidy through ball from Oscar Palacios which he nailed near side. He’d almost ended it with a quick turnaround shot during the second period that just went wide.

Next up: Servite.


Tritons Celebrate the Tiebreaker.

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