In a game the Monsoons dominated from nearly start to finish, Santa Monica got the luck of the bounce to net a double overtime golden goal and take a 2-1 win in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs.
The Vikings had most of their opportunities in the first five minutes, taking a couple of corner kicks and a pair of long throw in opportunities. The Monsoon defense was up to the task and cleared them easily.
From there the Monsoons embarked on 30 minutes of dominant ball possession and earned a handful of solid opportunities. They were unable to capitalize, however, and the Vikings struck in the 36th minute when they sent a diving kick into the back of the net to give take 1-0 lead on their only shot of the half.
The goal set off a spark in the Monsoons. On the reset they attacked the left wing and Angel Villalobos was fouled just inside the box to earn a penalty kick. Esteban Camacho took the kick and tied the game up in the 38th minute.
Mayfair would get a couple of more shots in the half, but were unable to score go-ahead goal. They went to the half with six shots, most of them coming on free kicks.
The Vikings would pick up their second shot early in the second half, but it was a slow roller to Nelson Avalos for Mayfair’s only save of the game.
Mayfair would continue to dominate, winning almost every loose ball. Tony Castillo, Esteban Camacho, and Nick Santos were all over the field giving the Monsoons extra opportunities while Kevin Fremgen, Salvador Ponce, and Johnathon Martinez thwarted the Vikings before they had any real threats.
Tony Castillo nearly scored the winner in the 69th minute when he sent a chip shot over the goalkeeper and just wide of the post.
Camacho and Carlos Perez each had a couple of free kick opportunities, but Vikings hung on to prevent the Monsoons from scoring.
The teams played even in overtime, but the Vikings got a free kick in the 98th minute when a Mayfair player was injured. Nelson Avalos got a hand on the initial cross, but Will Wisen was there on the rebound to net the game winner.
The Monsoons finished the game outshooting the Vikings 13 to 3.
The loss ends a resurgent season which saw the Monsoons win their first Suburban League title since 1988. Santa Monica will advance to the next round to face the winner of the Chino-South El Monte game.
Watch the highlight video here: Highlight Video: Boys Soccer vs. Santa Monica