The wild ride that is the South Coast League 2015 season continued on Thursday night when No. 8 Trabuco Hills faced off against No. 10 Tesoro. Not only do four SCL teams (San Clemente, Aliso Niguel, Trabuco Hills, and Tesoro) occupy Top 10 seedings, all four teams had one league loss entering last night’s game. Playoff seedings and a league championship are at stake every time these guys play one another. No other league can claim this kind of competitiveness.
On Thursday night, the Mustangs of Trabuco Hills remained red hot as they became the first SCL team with three wins, and created some separation from the Titans of Tesoro by handing them their second league loss.
The Titans g0t on the board first with a goal from Jonathan Bender to take an early lead 1-0. Trabuco’s senior middy Andrew Blume (3 goals, 4 assist) answered by starting his seven-point night started with an unassisted goal to tie things up at one a piece. After missing two weeks due to an injury, captain Jake Marthens (3g) puts the Mustangs ahead 2-1 on a sweet feed from Wyatt Koudelka (1g, 1a), which is how the first quarter ended.
John Kauo got an action-packed second quarter started when he found the back of the cage on an assist from Blume. The Titans answered right back with a goal from Mitchell Bender to cut the lead to 3-2. Trabuco doubled the margin to 4-2 when Billy Barron (3g, 2a) found Blume open for his second goal of the night. Mitchell Bender took advantage of Cole Spooner’s faceoff domination when he scored his second goal of the night, before Spooner tied the game with a goal of his own. The Mustangs answered when Blume finds Marthens open and he buries his second goal of the night and the Mustangs take a 5-4 lead into halftime.
The third stanza became a defensive battle as tensions rose in the tightly contested battle. The Mustangs opened up another two goal lead when when Barron hit Koudelka on a fast break to make it 6-4. Blake Warner came right back for the Titans to get his first goal of the night and make it 6-5 in favor of the Mustangs going into the fourth quarter.
As seems to be the case this season, the fourth quarter belonged to the Mustangs who broke the game open in the final 12 minutes thanks to the efforts of Blume and then Kauo. The Titans could not find an answer for Blume opened the final quarter by who assisting on goals by Barron and Marthens before scoring his third of the night to expand the lead to 9-5. Warner’s second of the night put the Titans within reach at 9-6 with plenty of time left. However, Kauo took over for the rest of the game, and finished the night with an assist on a Barron goal and two of his own as the Mustangs doubled up the Titans by a score of 12-6.
The Mustangs (9-1, 3-1) will next face Great Oak (6-2-1) at home and then travel to take on St Margaret’s (9-1, 2-0).