On Wednesday, March 7 2012, the Santa Margarita High School Eagles hosted the Trabuco Hills Mustangs under the lights at Santa Margarita High School. The 2011 edition of Mustangs held a 7-1 division record that placed them atop the Sea View League. The Mustangs’ 2012 season opened against El Toro with a close 9-6 loss; their second game was a 5-3 win over Mater Dei, giving the Mustangs reason to believe that they could fly with the Eagles.
The Mustangs struck early, scoring just 2 minutes into the 1st quarter. However, after the first Mustang goal, the Eagles responded quickly and often, registering 13 unanswered goals over the next 34 minutes of play. Any hopes for a THHS victory were quashed by halftime, with SMCHS leading 9-1. With the score 13-1 in the middle of the 3rd quarter, the referee set the clock to running time for the remainder of the game. For the second consecutive game, over 30 Eagles participated in the victory, this time with 13 different Eagles involved in the scoring.
There were many highlights for the Eagles. The standout of the night was Andrew Luher, who led the team with 6 goals and an assist. Hayden Ruiz had 4 points (1G, 3A); his lone goal coming after two consecutive roll dodges that beat his defender and then the slide, a move that will certainly make the season highlight reel. The Eagle defenders, playing more of the unsung hero role so far this season, got a chance to step into the spotlight and get into the offense. Ravi Dhouni, Jake Grubert and Josh Kang each earned an assist as by carrying the ball up-field on the clear and dishing off to a short-stick for the shot and score. The Eagle D was strong coming out of the zone all night, going 16 of 20 on the clear. On one Mustang turnover, junior defender Garrett Parsons, nabbed the loose ball deep in the SMCHS end and carried it the full length of the field for a shot and unassisted goal. Other Eagles scoring include Connor Ebner (1G), Wes Schuler (2G) and RJ Mazolewski (1G). Brian Gould and Drew Webster had an assist apiece. Ronnie Pisano continued his strong play in goal, registering 9 saves over 3 quarters while only giving up one goal. His season-to-date GAA is now 4.36g/game and his save percentage is 72.1%.