EC Preps







Last season the Preuss Tritons (0-2) had the Santana Sultans (2-0) number as they were victorious in both the regular season match and the playoff matchup which both ended in 1-0 victories.

The Tritons came into the season as the defending Division III Champions but this time the Sultans were able to reverse the outcome.

With both squads moving up a division to Division II along with the other teams in the division the playoffs will definitely be a very interesting deal this season.

Santana was able to grab the early momentum when Lane Dukes (G, A, 3 PT) found Nick Valentine (G, A, 3 pts) who blasted it from 20 yards out past the goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.

Thinking they would head into the intermission leading the Sultans would, unfortunately, fall to some interesting non-calls by the officials. The Tritons thanks to the controversial non-calls were able to take advantage and put one in before the half to tie the score 1-1 on a ball that went off a Santana defender.

Preuss would take advantage of an opportunity a couple minutes into the second half when Eloge Iradukunda was able to bang one in on a cross pass to take a 2-1 lead. But the Sultans wouldn’t be denied as sophomore Davin Burroughs (G, 2 PT) would tie the game up with what was said to be one of the best goals of the tournament. Burroughs would give the Sultans the lead when from 40-yards out blasted a laser beam shot that went into the upper right back of the net. The goal by Burroughs was his first ever career varsity goal.

With the score tied 2-2 after the spectacular goal by Burroughs, the game went to a defensive battle as neither team could take advantage of anything. Tons of pressure the final ten minutes of the contest.

Finally with two minutes remaining in the game Omar Nuristani (A, 1 PT) was able to zip past a couple defenders and passed it to Dukes who found the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Duke’s second goal of the year would wind up being the game winner as Santana continued to clamp down defensively to preserve the victory.

“I am proud that we didn’t give up after giving up an own goal and when down 2-1. It was a great final 25 minutes as we kept our composure. I am super proud of the teams second-half effort to finish the game.” Said Sultans veteran head coach Luke Phillips.

Also a big shoutout to Colton Snipes, Austin Hanson, Sam Odenkirk and Kurtis Ours who have been nicknamed the “Steel Curtain” defense which they definitely kept up as they shut down the Tritons offense completely for the majority of the contest.

With the victory, the Sultans will next take on Patrick Henry on Friday night at 7:30 PM at Patrick Henry. If Santana wins against the Patriots they will lock themselves a date into the semi-finals.



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