Foothill opened 2017 with a 12-5 victory over Great Oak in the 11th annual Orange County Invitational. After a slow start by both teams in the first quarter, Foothill started to heat up and their 71% shooting accuracy was too much for the Wolfpack to overcome.
Foothill sophomore Destry Burton scored the only two goals of the first quarter. The Knights kept the momentum going in the second quarter with four unanswered goals by freshman Andrew Cumming, junior Ellis Geis (Denver), junior Josh Fox, and senior defender George Dalis on transition. Junior defenseman Louie Fiacco (Holy Cross) finally put Great Oak on the board to make it 6-1 at halftime.
A pair of goals and mutual assists, shared by Cumming and Geis opened the third quarter and gave Foothill a commanding 8-1 lead. Great Oak junior Jason Thibeault responded with his first of four goals off an assist by sophomore Nathan Hoover. Foothill answered with a trio of goals by seniors Jack Tyson, Chris Hunter and Gavin Raetz to make it 11-2 after three quarters of play.
Geis opened Q4 with an unassisted goal from the wing, and Thiebeault responded by letting loose a three-goal flurry to close out the game.
Foothill dominated all aspects of the game, holding the Wolfpack to only 10 shots on goal while winning the groundball war 44 to 20. Captain George Dalis picked up four groundballs and caused one turnover. Senior defensive midfielder Tony DelCrognale picked up four groundballs as well. Senior Austin Mann played three quarters and allowed two goals while making two saves. Junior Ethan Sepulveda finished up Q4 with 3 saves.
The Knights suffered from 23 turnovers, but made up for this by controlling possessions at X, with Junior Miles Smart taking 11 of 15 faceoffs (8 gb), and junior Michael Logan (Colorado Mesa) taking 5 of 6 faceoffs (5 gb).