Brian Graves Delivers a Big 7 to Help Tesoro Get By Capo

 Senior Brian Graves scored seven goals to help Tesoro defeat South Coast League rival Capistrano Valley 13-3 on Tuesday.  Visiting Tesoro fought off the Santa Ana winds and opened a 9-1 halftime lead.  The Titans then held Capo to two goals in the second half to secure the win.

Braden King (1g/1a) opened opened the scoring with a quick first quarter goal.  Tesoro followed with another three goals: Ryan Harrington(1g/1a) unassisted, then Harrington feeding Brian Graves (7g), and Jason Moreta unassisted (2g/1a). The Cougar’s Gavin Gerbershagan (1g) returned fire by rolling from behind the cage to put the Cougars on the board. King gave it right back with a feed to  Graves who helped finish the quarter with the Titans on top 5-1.  The Cougars defense and goaltending pushed back hard but solid team play by the Titan’s allowed them to pull away starting with Moreta feeding Graves his third goal. In the final 2 minutes, the Titans put 3 more into the back of the net with Jonathan Gibson’s (2a) feed to Graves, then Graves with his unassisted 5th. Carson Spooner (1g, 1a) then assisted Moreta from X to give him his second for the night and close the half at 9-1.

In the second half, Capistrano Valley’s Clay Eggeman (2g) had something to say with a strong, coast-to-coast effort to score in the first minute and make it 9-2. Gibson responded with his second feed to Graves. Strong defense by both teams kept the remainder of the quarter scoreless ending the third at 10-2.

In the 4th, the strong play by both teams continued but most the scoring went Tesoro’s way. Graves (unassisted) scored his seventh goal followed by Marcus Huerta (1g) with an unassisted goal of his own. The Cougars’ Eggeman responding with his second unassisted goal to make it 12-3 but Carson Spooner took it right back with an unassisted goal to end the game at 13-3.

Both teams continue South Coast League play on Thursday.  Tesoro hosts Trabuco Hills at 5pm. Capistrano Valley hosts San Clemente Triton at  5:30 pm.