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Ashley Stokes finished with 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) to lead the Foothill girls lacrosse to a 22-14 road victory over Mater Dei team on Saturday.  The win leaves the Knights undefeated (13-0) with two weeks to play in the regular season and marks the first time the Knights have beaten the Monarchs since 2014.

The game was as close as 15-13 with 10 minutes left to play before Foothill closed out the game with a 7-1 run.

“We really had to do some work to put some goals in the back of the net and once it came down to the end of the game, it really just came down to playing our game,” Knights coach Cristina Johnson said.

The Knights showed off their offensive depth with scoring contributions from Peyton Puma (5g), Brooke Williams (4g), Andie Pomeroy (2g), Elena Torres (2g) and Ava Brand (1g) supplementing Stokes’ output. Lilly Kahn was solid between the pipes with seven saves.

It was the first meeting between the two teams since Mater Dei beat Foothill 12-11 in overtime in last May’s County semi-final. Stokes said the Knights were so motivated that the team had “fire in their souls.”

“They [Foothill] were pumped up, but I also think have a real sense of peace and calm on this team knowing that if we just play out game, we’re good to go,” Johnson said.

The Knights led throughout but were unable to pull away from the Monarchs for much of the game.  The first half ended with Foothill holding on to an 11-8 lead.  The last goal of the first half came from Gianna Danese after a Foothill defender deflected pass, allowing the ball to land in her stick and giving her the opportunity to score.

The Knights led 12-8 until Mater Dei’s Peyton Smith scored three straight goals to make it a one-goal game at the 17:24 mark. The game was still a tossup at 15-13 with 10 minutes left to play before the Knights ran away with the game.

Smith led Mater Dei with seven goals while Danese and Chloe Seybold each had two goals. Tess Keiser, Lauren Friedman and Georgia Glowaki each chipped in one goal for the Monarchs, who got nine saves from Lily Molkara.

“I think we’ve got to work on our defense. I said at the beginning of the season that our defense was winning our games for us. I think that it’s flipped a little bit and we need to get back onto that defensive streak,” Monarchs coach Chloe Silance said.

The next game for Knights (13-0) will be against Redondo Union with a time and date to be determined. For the Monarchs (9-5), they welcome Granite Bay of Sacramento to their field on Monday at 5:30 p.m.