Lady Cougars Roar Over Trabuco Mustangs

Capo.jpgTop-seeded Capistrano Valley Girls got 10 goals and 8 assists from Riley Eggeman as the Cougars ran their undefeated string to 16, defeating No. 8 Trabuco Hills, 21-9, in Thursday¹s second round of US Lacrosse Southern Section’s Orange County playoffs.

The Cougars — Sea View League champs — won the opening draw vs. the Mustangs — South Coast League champs. Trabuco goalie Cyrena Malkowski stopped a high Cougar shot and fed the ball to the Mustang attack. Trabuco’s Madison Dumond moved through the Cougar defense and scored on a low shot that put the Mustangs up 1-0 to open the game. The Cougars came back quickly scoring two unanswered goals. Taylor Fox found Marina Sandoval in front of the Cougar goal and Sandoval scored to even the score at 2-2.

Capo's Riley Eggeman and Trabuco's Melanie Leong ready for a draw
Capo’s Riley Eggeman and Trabuco’s Melanie Leong ready for a draw

The Mustang defense fought hard behind strong marking from Ashly Bradshaw, Hannah Moller and Becca Haggard keeping the score within reach as the Cougars pressed on offense. Down again by two goals, Jenelle Phillips scored the first of her 3 goals, followed by a goal from Jackie Huse. The Mustangs were back in the game at 5-5.

Mustang Madison Dumond fights off Capo's defense
Mustang Madison Dumond fights off Capo’s defense

Slowly, the Cougar attack began to wear down the Mustangs. The Mustangs fell behind and tried to rally late in the second half off of another Madison Dumond goal, but the Cougar attack proved to be too much. The Cougars led 13-7 at half — and breezes to the quarterfinal win. Next up for Capo is No. 4 Beckman in the US Lacrosse semifinals at Laguna Hills High on Saturday.

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The 17-3 Mustangs are left with the notion that they’d completed the best season in the program’s history — most wins; fewest losses; second league title in 4 years — and 8 consecutive playoff appearances. Losing 8 seniors is soothed, a bit, by a JV team that went undefeated in South Coast League play.

Courtesy of Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse