The Mustangs (2-0) started with a high intensity level that the Hawks could not match. The Hawks were reeling from the fast, downfield passing of the Mustangs and were struggling to hang on. However, the Mustangs could not contain their own energy resulting in dropped passes and missed opportunities.
The Mustangs got on track with a goal from Taylor Fox from a free positionshot and started to build a rhythm. Mustangs quickly fired off 7 unanswered goals before the Hawks could adjust to the pace. The Mustangs challenged the Hawks at every level on the field, marked by aggressive containment fromRachel Gillett, Hannah Moller and Cheyenne Ochoa.
Although the Mustangs suffered from some uneven play, it went unnoticed asthey bolted to a 16-2 halftime lead. Key factors to their lead were evident in all three phases of the game. The Mustangs dominated draw control winning 11 of the 18. They also tallied 11 takeaways that allowed the Mustangs tofire off 18 first half shots on goal.
All of the energy and intensity seemed to burn out in the second half forboth teams. The Hawks were able to rally a bit and scored 4 goals to theMustangs¹ 2, but the damage had already been done in the first half by the explosive Mustangs. Defensive pressure on the Hawks never let up through the entire game which allowed for Mustang Cyrena Malkowski to have a quiet game in goal (4 saves).
Kendall Derbyshire led the Mustangs with 4 goals, while Becca Haggard showed a knack for making plays with 5 assists.
Next up for the Mustangs: Monday they host Yorba Linda at 6 PM
Courtesy Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse