The Trabuco Hills Girls squad outlasted Esperanza for their first win of the season.
The Mustangs scored quickly on a pass from Taylor Fox to Kendall Derbyshire to open the scoring for the season. The game seemed to favor whoever won the draw and the Aztecs capitalized on winning the next three. The Mustang defense was having a hard time adjusting to the size and speed of the Aztec attackers and suddenly found themselves in a hole, down 3-1.
A quick timeout from the coaches refocused the defense into aggressively doubling the Aztec attackers. The defense rallied with the new game plan allowing the Mustang offense to charge back into the lead through a series of fast breaks setup by long passes. Madison Dumond won four ground balls in the first half alone and Melanie Leong’s strong performance at the faceoff X contributed to the Mustangs ability to lock down control of the ball, winning 11 of 20 first half draws . Derbyshire ignited the first half with five goals and two assists as the Mustangs cruised into the second half leading, 13-7.
The second half started at a much slower pace as both teams began to adjust to the tempo. The aggressive Mustang defense really began to shine and limited the Aztecs to only two goals for the rest of the game. Any ball that hit the turf was won by a Mustang with nine ground balls being won, three coming from Jenelle Phillips. The Mustangs didn’t have to score again, finishing off the win with a final score of 13-9
In the second half, the defense truly wore down the Aztecs and it showed with nine Mustang takeaways. The highlight of the half came from the tenacious play of Fox in front of the Aztec goal. She blocked back-to-back attempted passes from the goalie forcing a takeaway. Dumond then sent a short pass to Fox who fired it in for the goal.
Goal scorers of the game were: Kendall Derbyshire (5), Jenelle Phillips (5), Melanie Leong (3), Madison Dumond (1), Becca Haggard (1) and Taylor Fox (1) In goal, Cyrena Malkowski finished with 11 saves, 4 coming off free position shots.
This article was provided courtesy of Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse.