The Trabuco Hills High School girls’ lacrosse team got five first-half goals from Jenelle Phillips to top San Clemente, 9-6, in a South Coast League opener on Wednesday. The Tritons came out strong and were unfazed by the Mustangs’ early-season success, (winners of their first six of seven games) or the home field advantage. In just over a minute of play, the Tritons scored to take a 1-0 lead. Phillips answered with a score off of a free position shot to bring the game to 1-1. Both teams attempted to settle down and build a consistent attack, but aggressive marking and checking quickly took over and the Tritons scored again to take the lead. For the next 10 minutes the Tritons and Mustangs traded goals and sat deadlocked at 4-4.
Next, the Mustang defense began to assert its presence, including tough sideline marking from Brittany Tran and the strong inside pressure from Caroline Rabourn and Madison Dumond. Mustang Kendall Derbyshire rallied her team off of a pair of quick assists from behind the goal that help to propel the Mustangs to a comfortable 8-4 lead as the half ended. The second half began with a confident Mustang squad settling down into a short passing attack. The ball control tactics of the Mustangs were dictated by the setting sun as they patiently waited for an opportunity. The Tritons challenged the Mustang attack, but were unable to come away with a takeaway and could not gain any ground.
Keys to the Mustang win was the first-half play of Marina Sandoval — just named to the Orange County team for U.S. Lacrosse’s national games in May — with 3 goals, 4 ground balls and 2 takeaways and Jackie Huse contributed with 4 takeaways that kept the ball in Mustang control.
Next up for the 7-1 Trabuco Hills Mustangs is a road game Thursday against the Laguna Hills Hawks.
Courtesy of Trabuco Hills Girls’ Lacrosse