The Santa Barbara High offense showed no signs of slowing down in the quarterfinals of the South Torrance Soccer Tournament on Saturday.
The Dons erupted for three goals in the first 15 minutes and stormed to a 6-3 victory over Peninsula. They scored eight goals in two wins on Friday.
Santa Barbara will face Channel Islands in the semifinals on Monday. Channel Islands edged Palos Verdes, 1-0.
Cason Goodman scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead the potent Dons’ offense. Miguel Alvarado scored twice, Juan Carlos Torres tallied one goal and Peninsula had an own goal on a Santa Barbara corner kick.
“Once again the pressure we’ve been putting teams under has been rewarded with early goals that take the wind out of our opponents,” Santa Barbara coach Todd Heil said. “We’ve done a really good job of not letting teams settle into the game.”
Goodman fed Alvarado for the first goal in the fourth minute. Three minutes later, Goodman scored after he, Torres and Alvarado forced a Peninsula turnover. The Dons forced another turnover and Goodman jumped on the loose ball and passed to Torres who beat the goalkeeper with a bending shot to the far post.
The fourth goal was a Peninsula own goal on a corner kick.
The Dons struck three minutes into the second half as Torres played a terrific ball into the path of Alvarado for the finish. Goodman scored the sixth goal by heading in a Jorge Ochoa corner kick.
“Although we lost a little focus as a team late in today’s match, our backline of Luke Goodman, Erick Hernandez, Pedro Guillen, Alberto Vargas and JJ Wolf have been playing exceptionally well together,” said Heil.