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Austin Graham Sacks Up, Knocks it Down to Capture SCGA Title

Pride of the SC Muni.

Pride of the Pacific Golf Club, er, I mean, Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club.

You may remember a few years back when former San Clemente Triton golfer Austin Graham made mince meat of the South Coast League and was a serious CIF threat. Let’s just say he didn’t peak in high school.

Coming off a highly successful sophomore campaign at UC Davis, Graham is continuing his winning ways this summer, nabbing the Long Beach City Championship — including a career-best round of 62 — and on Sunday the prestigious 110th SCGA title. Yeah, the same trophy won by a certain young Mr. Woods several years ago.

After bogeying 16 in final round, he rolled in a clutch 30-foot birdie on 17 at the Wilshire Country Club to give him a one-shot lead. He finished with a 6-under 278, going 69-69-70-70.

Read more here.


Tritons Not Good Sharers

Hells yeah.

Hells yeah.

What can they say, they don’t like to share. And who can blame them?

The San Clemente High girls’ soccer team brought the CIF-Southern Section hardware back to Thalassa Stadium for the third year in a row. But instead of having to share the title, as the Tritons did last year, it’s theirs alone with a decisive 2-0 win over Los Alamitos over the weekend. Shelby Chambers-Garcia and Frannie Coxe provided the goals.

Last night, San Clemente blanked Chatsworth 2-0 in the SoCal Regionals to set up a rematch with Los Al, which took down Torrey Pines. In the one-sided home game against Chatsworth, Lauren Fryer put the Tritons ahead just two minutes into the match, and Alexis Mahoney backed it with second goal later in the half.

Despite the scoring spree, the clean sheets on the other side are even more impressive.  The defense has been downright stifling.

Misery may love company, but dynasties don’t usually share the spotlight with anyone. Keep rollin’.

Locked and loaded for Los Al.

Locked and re-loaded for Los Al.

San Clemente Outguns El Camino


The San Clemente High girls soccer team has defied the odds so many times that all that “underdog” garbage is really out the window.

After the alleged underdogs battled their way to a CIF-SS co-championship when they earned a draw against top-seed Long Beach Wilson, the Tritons laid to rest any doubt of this team’s talent and determination on Tuesday when they outscored visiting El Camino High (Woodland Hills), 3-2, in the first round of the CIF So Cal Regionals.

Barret Bestard, Kristine Atkinson, and freshman Frannie Coxe all scored. It was Coxe’s fourth post-season goal. Read full coverage and check out a slide show here.

 The Tritons next face Thousand Oaks in the semis.

Newbury Park 1-0 San Clemente

Congratulations on a great season.

Tritons Stun Servite


 Two goals — neither by Andy Martinez, shockingly — found the net within the first 15 minutes of play, setting up a 2-1 upset victory by San Clemente over host Servite, which spent the season in the top five in the county rankings. Scott Hadad and Steve Palacios contributed the goals. Better luck next time, Friars. John Salvino, if you’re out there — eat your heart out, baby!

Read all about it here.

Next up is either Newbury Park or St. Francis on Thursday at San Clemente High’s own Thalassa Stadium.

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.

Tritons Serve Up Just Desserts for Wolverines


A year ago, in their final South Coast League match against Aliso Niguel, the favored and ranked Tritons, playing at home, gave away a share of the league championship by conceding a goal with less than a minute left before full time.

Fast Forward to Tuesday, with the Aliso Niguel Wolverines once again visiting San Clemente’s own Thalassa Stadium. The difference is that this time, the Wolverines came in as the No. 5 team in Orange County. The other difference is that, unlike last season, the Tritons successfully fended off the Wolverines’ rabid second-half attack to claim their second straight shut out, 1-0,  and pull even with Aliso Niguel atop the SCL table.

The win, which gives both sides of this quick-developing SCL rivalry identical league records at 6-2-1, came courtesy of the game’s only goal by senior Andy Martinez — undeniably one of So Cal’s deadliest strikers —  and a stout Triton defense anchored by 6-foot-3 keeper Andrew Cuchessi. 

Cuchessi, the pride of the Trestles ‘hood, is quoted in the Orange County Register’s coverage.  Here’s an excerpt describing the crucial closing minutes:

San Clemente held a one goal advantage in last year’s league finale and as the minutes ticked away in the second half, Tuesday’s contest developed a similar feeling. The Wolverines’ attack had picked up, forcing San Clemente and goalie Andrew Cuchessi to defend with whatever it took.
Cuchessi made a leaping save early in the second half, deflecting a shot over the crossbar and saving a goal. But the test was only beginning.
The Wolverines earned a throw in deep in San Clemente territory four minutes later. Cuchessi came out on the throw, but the ball came free. He fell down scrambling back to the goal, leaving Aliso a prime chance.
The shot was deflected, however, and on the rebound, Cuchessi dove to deflect another try. Another shot at point blank range came off that rebound, but two Tritons slid at the goal line and deflected the shot away, where it was finally cleared.
“I don’t even know what happened,” Cuchessi said. “I came out to deflect it and then got tripped going back to the goal. It came back in, but we got it out.
A minute later Aliso had a corner kick, and again the Tritons thwarted a golden look. Off the kick, Aliso shot near post, but Zack Miller headed the ball out, saving the goal and preserving the lead.
Aliso kept the pressure up, getting three more corner kicks and two free kicks close to the box the rest of the way. All were turned back.
“We kept our heads in the game,” Cuchessi said. “We played the whole game. We just kept playing. The whole team played excellent.”

Both teams have one remaining league game to either claim the league outright, share it, or give it away. Then it’s off to CIF.