Nick Shanks scored five goals, including four straight at the end of the first half, to lead St. Margaret’s past Foothill 11-8 in Saturday’s second semi-final game. The Tartans return to the County championship game for the third time in four years. They will play Corona del Mar Wednesday at 7:00 at Trabuco Hills. The game will be live streamed on MaxLaxOC.com.
Shanks broke up a tightly contested first half when he went off on tear starting at about the 7:00 mark of the second quarter. His first goal a top shelf rip gave the Tartans their first lead of the game at 3-2. Steven Oberly got that one back quickly for Foothill, but the rest of the half belonged to Shanks as he sent the Tartans into halftime with momentum and a 6-3 lead.
Foothill fought hard to get back in the game with five second half goals but were never able to getter any closer than a three goal differential. Every time the Knights scored the Tartans had a response. A special shout out to Foothill goalie Ryan Blank who reportedly played with a torn ACL. Blank, as he has all season, came up with several spectacular one-on-one saves, including a few kick saves with his injured leg.
In addition to the five from Shanks Kevin Groeninger, Conrad Hampsen, Jeremy Davis, Nick Totah, and Samuel Harnisch scored goals for the Tartans. Cole Falbo, Oberly, Nathan Skeen, Ryan Foy and Kevin Kodzis scored the Foothill goals.