Nine-Goal Second Quarter Propels Foothill over Santa Margarita

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.

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“They got hot, that’s what Foothill does,” said Santa Margarita head coach . “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.

 and 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 . “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.”

(right) blows a shot past Santa Margarita goalie (left center) in Foothill’s 18-13 win over the Eagles on Saturday (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

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.”

‘s impressive seven-point game(4 goals, 3 assists) led the Knights’ overall balanced offensive attack Saturday. (2g, 3a), (4g), (2g, 2a), (2g, 1a), (1g, 1a), (1g, 1a), (1g), and Logan (1g) rounded out Foothill’s offense.

 

(center) continued his strong senior season Saturday with four goals and two assists (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

(4g, 2a) wrapped up another good week offensively and was a major factor in keeping the Eagles in the game. Tyler Wrighson (3g, 1a), (2g, 1a), (2g), (1g, 1a), (1g, 1a), (1a), and (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.

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com