A nine-goal second quarter was the overall difference in No. 2 Foothill’s 18-13 win over No. 4 Santa Margarita on Saturday afternoon. Despite the summer-like weather conditions, the Knights put their foot on the gas in the second quarter with nine goals and did not look back.
“They got hot, that’s what Foothill does,” said Santa Margarita head coach Adam Guy. “They get hot and they go well. A lot of calls didn’t go our way, but that happens in a game.”
The Eagles began the game up 2-1 on Foothill in what looked to initially be a defensive battle. The Knights misplaced the memo in the second quarter, however, and pounded Santa Margarita’s defense with nine goals to take a commanding 10-4 lead into halftime.
Miles Smart and Michael Logan collectively won nine of 12 faceoffs in the second quarter, which set the tone for the Knights’ offense to break open.
“Our faceoff guys were getting the ball for us,” said Foothill head coach Jon Fox. “We had double the possessions [Santa Margarita] had in that [second] quarter basically and we finished those shots, so that made the difference in the quarter. But it was a good game back and forth.”
The Eagles did not go quietly, however, with five goals of their own in the third compared to Foothill’s four. Santa Margarita added another four goals in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Knights’ dominant second quarter.
“It was a hard-fought battle,” Fox said. “Both teams are scrumming it up, a lot of friends on both sides playing offseason together and [Santa Margarita] played really hard and so did we. We just finished a few more shots.”
Josh Fox‘s impressive seven-point game(4 goals, 3 assists) led the Knights’ overall balanced offensive attack Saturday. Ellis Geis (2g, 3a), Roman Pistone (4g), Andrew Cumming (2g, 2a), Troy Hofer (2g, 1a), Grant Roess (1g, 1a), Britain Houssiere (1g, 1a), Chad Dupre (1g), and Logan (1g) rounded out Foothill’s offense.
Quentin Buchman (4g, 2a) wrapped up another good week offensively and was a major factor in keeping the Eagles in the game. Tyler Wrighson (3g, 1a), Michael Walsh (2g, 1a), Jack Allender (2g), Ryan You (1g, 1a), Nicholas Parrino (1g, 1a), Ryan Williams (1a), and Jacob Makowecki (1a) also contributed offensive tallies for Santa Margarita.
Despite losing an eighth consecutive game to the Knights, the Eagles like their chances should they have the opportunity for a rematch in May. Coach Guy and his squad saw enough in this game to get some added confidence as they head into Monday’s home match against Harvard Westlake of LA (6-5) with an itch to play the Knights again this season.
“We’d love to play [Foothill] again,” Guy said. “We’d love to see those guys again, absolutely. We saw a glimpse of us playing to our full potential in the third and fourth quarters, but now it’s, ‘can we get that team to play that way for four full quarters?’ So we’re getting there.”
Foothill will look to continue their momentum from Saturday’s win Tuesday night with another primetime matchup against No. 1 St. Margarets (13-0) in San Juan Capistrano.