Servite Edges Trabuco Hills

No. 9 Servite hosted No. 12 Trabuco Hills Tuesday night to determine which team would drop its first game of the young season and which would start the season 4-0. Servite came out on top 9-8 in a game that was not decided until the final seconds. Freshman attack Jack Terrones led the Friars with four goals. Sophomore AJ Switzer had a hat trick for the Musangs.

The game started out slowly and set the low-scoring tone that would carry throughout the game.  The Mustangs drew first blood when  Holden Evans hitting a cutting Mason Morris for the game’s first goal.  Alex Paz responded for the Friars and the game was knotted at 1-1 after twelve minutes.  Servite goalie Andrew Garcia and Trabuco Hills goalie Kyle Thibault each had to make one save in the frame as the two playoff contenders tried to figure each other out.

The second quarter got off to a slow start until Evans scored off of a dodge from up two after toe dragging through two Servite defenders for a 2-1 Trabuco Hills lead. Switzer then scored his first goal to give the Mustangs a two-goal edge and some momentum. Donovan Harper and Switzer then traded goals before Servite started to establish control with four unanswered goals. Servite took a 6-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded three goals apiece in the fourth quarter before a Jason Kauo goal with 18 seconds left brought the Mustangs within one and gave them a shot at a late tie. However, the game ended with an illegal procedure call against the Mustangs and a 9-8 Servite victory.
Outside of Terrones’ offensive outburst, Harper notched two goals, and Alec Paz, junior attack Carter Bays and junior middie Cole Brennan rounded out the scoring output for the Friars with one goal apiece.

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for, 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