Middie Ryan Falbo scored three times in the first three minutes of the second half Tuesday as top-seeded Foothill High broke out of a brief funk to upend Trabuco Hills, 16-4, in the first round of the playoffs. After Trabuco Hills, 8-11, got over its multiple penalties and settled down in the second quarter, Foothill found itself with a comfortable lead but in a struggle nonetheless. Falbo took care of that, pushing a 7-2 halftime lead to 10-2 as the Knights, 17-1, scored eight times in the third quarter at Tustin High School.
Foothill’s balanced offense had nine scorers, including three goals each by attack Nick Matzek and attack Nate Marano (Denver). They both added three assists. Middie Drew Mast added two goals and Warren Case, Nathan Skeen, Rafael Fernandez, Matt Harris, and Jacob Martinez scored a goal apiece. Austin Babb won 11 of 13 faceoffs. Defensive standouts for the Knights included Falbo, Owenn Geis (Gordon) and Matt Marano.
Trabuco Hills got two goals each from Harrison Evans and Jake Marthens.
Foothill will play No. 8 Great Oaks on Thursday in the quarter finals. The young Mustangs return virtually their entire roster next year and look forward to continuing their upward trend.