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SANTEE – Months after a heartbreaking loss to the top seed in the CIF Playoffs the Santana Sultans got the 2018-19 season going and kicked it off with a bang.

The host team right away set the tone :32 into the contest when Nathan Hughes hits Lane Dukes who blasted it past the goalkeeper for the early 1-0 lead. With the early momentum and what looked like a possible early blowout, it would take the Sultans quite a while for their next score of the game. They would go onto lead 3-0 at the intermission.

Santana in the second half did what they did in the first half and would go onto put two more goals in the back of the net.

Ultimately on the night, Omar Nuristani who last season set a school record for most goals in a season continued his torrid scoring streak with a hat-trick. The other goal for the Sultans came courtesy of Ben Phelps.

Besides the one goal, Dukes also contributed two assists.

Not only was it the first victory of the season for the Sultans but also a special one at that. The opening season victory gave veteran head coach Luke Phillips his 100th career victory.

Phillips accomplished the feat in his eleventh year at the helm and twelfth overall at the varsity level. The win also put Phillips as the all-time leader in career wins in school history.

“It feels good as the wins mark the number of excellent players we have had over the years since I became the head coach in the 2007-08 season and the fact that we play some of the top competition in the county which I take pride in that fact.” When asked about how he felt garnering his career victory achievement.

Phillips who has been in the Sultans program since a freshman in high school has also been a part of every league championship in the school’s history as both a player and as coach.

“When I took over the program I was just continuing the traditions of former head coach Danny Martinez who won five league crowns in a row, I wanted to continue the traditions from player to coach.”

One of the other exciting details about the victory is that Coach Phillips was able to share the victory with his two sons Logan (6 years of age) and Everett (4 years old) who spent the part of the day helping to prepare the field for what would be a great Phillips family memory for the ages.

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