Foothill Returns to Semis

Foothill LogoIn what has become a spring ritual, Foothill High School is returning to the Southern Division semi-finals.  It will be the eighth time in eight years that Foothill has made it at least this far.  Top-seeded Foothill High started slow and finished fast Thursday night, dispatching of Great Oak of Temecula, 18-11, in a quarterfinal matchup at Tustin High School.Great Oak, which challenged the Knights physically all night, jumped to a 4-2 first-quarter lead. Foothill, led by attack (), who matched his career high with eight goals, and sophomore middie , who added two goals, responded with eight unanswered goals, to lead 10-6 at halftime.

 

Nate Marano finishes in close.
(31) finishes in close.

Jake Haigh kicks up some dust with the bounce shot.
Jake Haigh kicks up some dust with the bounce shot.

Marano, facing one imposing defender after another, kept scoring and extended the lead to 16-9 with 8:55 left in the game. Middie and attack continued their season-long steadiness, scoring three goals apiece.  Sophomore attack (Holy Cross) added a goal and assist, as did middie for the 18-1 Knights.   Defensive standouts included (Gordon) and sophomore Jared Copeland, along with speedy defensive middie . Goalie Hank Lewis had five saves in the second half.

Evan Ognjanac has time and space.
Evan Ognjanac (7) has time and space.

Seven players scored for Great Oak: Dakota Campbell, Alexander Cunningham and had two goals each; Hunter Campbell, Taylor DeJonge, Adam Yutter and Narric Amezcua also scored. The Wolfpack finished 16-3 and had a 10-game win streak snapped.