Trabuco Girls Earn South Coast League Crown

Trabuco HillsThe Mustangs topped El Toro Chargers, 13-9, on Thursday at El Toro to capture league with a 7-1 mark.

Mustang Jackie Huse speeds past El Toro defense.
Mustang Jackie Huse speeds past El Toro defense.

Right from the start the Mustangs asserted control of the game. connected on a pass to Melanie Leong who weaved through traffic and scored. In less than minute, the Mustangs followed up with a pass from
Madison DuMond to Jenelle Phillips for another score. The Mustang defense responded to the Charger attack by closing off the attacking lanes and pushing the Chargers to the outside. Aggressive one-on-one defense from
Mustangs Cheyenne Ochoa and Ashly Bradshaw caused the Chargers to lose control of the ball. The Mustangs kept up their attack and surged ahead. Marina Sandoval intercepted a ball and passed to Leong who shot it past the goalie putting the Mustangs in the lead, 5-0. Leong had 4 goals in the game.

 

The Chargers finally scored and slowly began to work themselves back in the game. At the half, the Mustangs were in the lead, 9-5.

The second half opened with a goal from Trabuco’s Jackie Huse. The Chargers answered with back-to-back goals and started to climb their way back into the game. With the score at 10-7 it looked like the Chargers were starting to gain momentum.

But DuMond scored from the free position followed by a goal — from Phillips — that put the game out of reach for the Chargers.

Trabuco Hills came away with their 15th win — a team record for wins in a season — and their first league title since 2011.

 

Mustang goalie Cyrena Malkowski and Rachel Gillett celebrate championship.
Mustang goalie Cyrena Malkowski and Rachel Gillett celebrate championship.