Costa Shuts Down West Ranch to Remain Unbeaten

No. 8 Mira Costa remained unbeaten Saturday, posting its second consecutive 14-1 victory, this one over visiting and No. 18-ranked West Ranch. The Mustangs (6-0) limited the Wildcats to just six shots on net and scoreless until the last minute of play.

“Our defensive mindset and mentality were in sync, and it carried through the entire game,” senior defenseman Kyle O’Sullivan said.

“I think it was the best we’ve looked all season,” senior LSM Logan Buckstaff added.

The Mustangs were a little slow out of the gate, leading just 2-0 after the first quarter. But they broke it open with five unanswered goals in the second quarter and five more in the third. Middie Anthony Fernandez scored the Wildcats’ lone goal, breaking the shutout just before time ran out. Mira Costa goalie John Van Sickle recorded 13 saves.

Mira Costa had scoring contributions from 10 different players: senior attack Jackson Snyder, junior attack Ryan Gustafson and junior middie Zane Crandall lead the scoring with three points each.

Mira Costa is among three remaining L.A. division teams without a loss — No. 3 Westlake (5-0) and No. 5 Peninsula (7-0) are the others.

But the road gets considerably tougher for the Mustangs in the next few weeks. After facing Santa Monica and No. 9 Oak Park next week, they face No. 10 Newbury Park and No. 7 Crespi the following week. And after Spring Break, they begin Bay League play against Peninsula on April 15.

Photo: Junior defenseman Adam Enomoto‘s aggressive stickwork helped keep the Wildcats offense at bay.

Photo and story courtesy Mira Costa Lacrosse.