The Trabuco Hills Mustangs hosted former South Coast League and 241 Classic rival Tesoro Titans on Saturday afternoon. Game time temperatures were in the low 90’s on Trabuco Hills’ newly renovated turf field. The players on both teams are very familiar with each other having played with or against each other since middle school on various local club teams. Tesoro entered the game with a 10-2 record and a No. 6 ranking in the most recent Coaches Poll. The Mustangs entered the game at 8-5 with a No. 12 ranking.
The first quarter proved this was going to be an instant classic. Tesoro got things started with back to back goals from midfielder Ryan Harrington. Trabuco Hills answered Harrington’s goals with an unassisted goal by Jason Kauo, a goal by Tyler Payne with an assist from Mason Morris, and a goal from Jared Friesen off an assist by Payne. The first quarter ended with the Mustangs ahead 3-2.
Friesen got things started for the Mustangs in the second quarter with his second goal off an assist by Holden Evans. Tesoro goalie Hunter Souza kept the game close with a number of point blank saves. Tesoro answered the Mustangs run with two unanswered goals from Jason Moreta and another goal to end the half ahead 5-4.
Trabuco Hills held the high powered Titans offense at bay with solid defense from defenders Jared Schoessow, Will Mortenson, D-middies Justin Paget, Josh Burdette and Goalie Kyle Thibault who recorded 7 saves and FOGO Shawn Garland finished with 13 faceoff wins.
The second half was as tightly contested as the first. Tesoro’s Moreta, Carson Spooner and Matt Harrington all scored in the third quarter along with Trabuco Hills’ Evans, AJ Switzer, Morris and Friesen. The third quarter ended with Tesoro leading 9-8.
The fourth quarter was a back and forth affair as well with Spooner getting his 3rd and 4th goals off assists from R. Harrington and Marcus Huerta. Trabuco Hills mounted a late game comeback off of goals by Evans from Morris, Payne and a last minute game tying goal by Friesen off a beautiful assist by Kauo. The fourth quarter ended in a 11-11 tie.
The overtime period came to a quick end after Tesoro midfielder R. Harrington came up with a ground ball off a hotly contested face off, ran down the middle of the field and scored to end the game at 12-11. Trabuco Hills’ performance against a top six opponent should garner favor with voters in the next Coaches Poll.
Tesoro (11-2) returns to action at home on Tuesday
for Senior Night against San Juan Hills. Trabuco Hills (8-6) hosts Dana Hills on Wednesday
Contributed by Trabuco Hills Boys Lacrosse
Photos by Tesoro Boys Lacrosse