Garcia Stifles Mustangs, Foothill Rebounds With Win Over Trabuco Hills

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The surprisingly unpredictable 2019 boys’ lacrosse season continued Monday night with Foothill handing previously undefeated Trabuco Hills a convincing 12-6 defeat. Foothill’s sophomore goalie Joey Garcia had twitter ablaze with his 16 saves as he repelled everything from clean breakaways to point blank shots on his doorstep and held the high-scoring Mustangs to 12 goals below their season average.

Destry Burton led the Knights (5-3) with four goals while Troy Hofer had three goals. Roman Pistone and Kenny Seiler each had two goals while Riley Ahern had one goal.

For the Mustangs (5-1), AJ Switzer had three goals and one assist while Holden Evans had two goals and 2 assists. Jared Friesen also scored once for Trabuco Hills.

With three early season losses, including two to teams not named Saint Margaret’s or Corona del Mar, Foothill has struggled compared to their historical standards.  Even the wins have been challenging.  Prior to Monday’s game, the Knights had not won a game by more than three goals.

Given that backdrop, the Mustangs were hoping to get their first-ever win over the Knights, and remained optimistic when they led 2-1 in the first quarter.  Hofer sent a signal that the Knights had other plans when he scored the equalizer, tying the game at 2-2.

Foothill started to take control in the the second quarter by scoring the first two goals to take a 4-2 lead.  The Mustangs cut the lead in half. But the Knights scored two straight goals thanks to Burton and Hofer, and took a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Foothill scored the first three goals of the third quarter and led 9-3 until Trabuco Hills answered with three goals of its own to bring the score to 9-6 at the end of the quarter. But the Mustangs were unable to add anymore goals, and the Knights pulled away to reach the 12-6 final score.

The Mustangs’ defense was anchored by Cooper Gatine, who continued his solid sophomore season, with 10 saves.

Foothill plays Westlake at home on Wednesday while Trabuco Hills plays Mission Viejo in a South Coast League game at home on Thursday.