Mission Viejo topped Tesoro 11-9 in a key match up on Monday. With the two team running neck and neck in the latest laxpower.com rankings, the game had a playoff-like atmosphere.
No. 13 Tesoro came into the game with a 7-3 record and were slight favorites over a No. 14 Mission Viejo team that had won four of its last five games with a record of 7-5.
Mission started strong out the gate with goals by sophomore Maryn Macha and junior Samantha Leyds in the ﬁrst minute of the game. Strong play by sophomores Shelley Cummings, Alyssa Goodman, and Sarah Amundsen kept the Lady Diablos in control of possession and in the lead. However, a resilient Tesoro squad continued to fight and scored a few quick goals to make it a one-goal lead at half time.
Strong draws by Leyds assured that the ball kept going in Missionʼs direction during the second half. Due to a great team effort and solid defense, Mission stayed ahead. Macha and Junior Lauren Robinson led the goal scoring with valuable assistance from juniors Marissa Meissner, Melina Alberti, and Leyds.
Mission Viejo has now won five of its six last games played and appear to be peaking at a prime time. They hope to finish the season strong with wins in their final two games this Thursday against El Toro and next Thursday against San Clemente.
Tesoro, who has now lost four of their last six games will have more work to do as they try to return to their early season success. They have five games remaining starting with San Clemente on Thursday.
Article courtesy of Mission Viejo Lacrosse