Trabuco Edges El Toro

The Chargers of El Toro came into Trabuco Hills Friday night riding on a 4 game winning streak and looking to play the spoiler on the night when Trabuco Hills honored their senior players. The Mustangs were motivated by not only senior night but also the chance to complete a perfect record at home for the season. Trabuco Hills said thank you and so long to seniors, , , Noah Cook, Eric Delling, Troy Fenner, Matt Henery, Ryan John, Tanner Kollenda, Chris Koziol, Justin Wetmore and Kyle Yano.

The Chargers were the first to find the net when (1g, 3a), who recently decided to play for Chapman in the fall,  found  (1g) on the crease to give the Chargers a 1-0 lead. The Mustangs answered on a man up opportunity when Marthens (2g, ASU) found the 5 hole off an assist from Blume (1g, 2a) to end the first quarter in a 1-1 tie.

The pace picked up in a back and forth second quarter.  Core opened the action with a nice running right hander to put the Chargers back on top at 2-1.   (4g, 2a) answered for Trabuco, but Core continued to find ways to frustrate the Mustangs. He assisted on  a Nick Skeffington (1g) goal and then came right back to catalyze another Chargers’ goal.  Core won the ensuing faceoff and fed Clay Gilmore (4g) on the fast break for a 4-2 lead. As he has so many time this year, Marthens responded for the Mustangs, this time with an assist from Evans, to cut the lead to 4-3.  Gilmore and Blume traded goals to make it  a 5-4 El Toro lead at halftime.

Harrsion Evans scores one of his four goals
Harrsion Evans scores one of his four goals

Four unanswered goals by Trabuco Hills in the third quarter turned out to be the deciding factor in the game.  First  (3g) dodged his way to an unassisted goal to even things up at 5-5. A pair by Evansfollowed by Barron’s second of the quarter (assisted by ) gave the Mustangs an 8-5 lead with 12 minutes to play.

Scotty Barger (9gb, 4 fto, Towson) starts a fast break after an intercepted pass
Scotty Barger (9gb, 4 fto, ) starts a fast break after an intercepted pass

Core and Gilmore teamed up to bring the Chargers back to within two goals early in the fourth quarter. Evans threaded the needle with a pass to Barron who completed his hat trick. Core reached into his bag for yet another one of his tricks, this time scoring with a rip from  15 yards out to close the gap to two again . (1a) hit Evans for his fourth goal of the contest, and El Toro’s Gilmore scored his fourth goal of the evening before the final whistle.   Trabuco Hills finished the season unbeaten at home with the 10-8 win.