SMES Downs Yorba Linda 16-2

SMES St. Margaret’s may have gotten the complete win they needed against Yorba Linda to get back on track to championship form.

The Tartans came onto the field for the first round of play-offs with a lot of energy, attacking the net, dominating face-offs, and showcasing a solid defense which lead them to a victory over the Yorba Linda Mustangs, 16-2.

Payton Fales was back between the pipes, saving four of the six shots by the Mustangs. Fernando Delgado, who was the Tartan goalkeeper in Payton’s absence, came out of the crease, playing tough defense. Zach Shore played lock down defense as well that attributed to the Mustang’s lack of shot production.

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Patrick Fallon finishes on the doorstep

Sophomore Nick Shanks scored a goal every quarter, leading all scorers with a total of eight points off five goals.

Yorba Linda Goalie, Mark Rentfro did everything to keep the Mustangs in the game, consistently making extremely challenging saves

Possession was all SMES as the Tartans won 20 of 22 face-offs. Ryan Harnisch won 12 of his 13 face offs and Erik Suh won 8 of 9 face offs, taking one of his wins all the way to the rack.

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Ryan Harnisch wins one of his 12 face offs

The Tartans will face off against JSerra on Thursday in the Orange County quarter finals

–Special to MaxLaxOC.com

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