The Trabuco Hills Mustangs weren’t ready for their record breaking season to come to an end when they walked into their home stadium Thursday night. It would be a make or break evening for the Mustangs. All the accomplishments of this season including the 17-2 record and the #3 seed in the playoffs would somehow seem tainted if they could not get walk away from this quarterfinal game with a win.
Led by a stellar senior class, Juniors Josh Burdette and Andrew Boskovich, sophomore goalie Cooper Gatine and freshman Logan Angel, this team was built for a deep playoff run. Standing in front of them was a crosstown rival they’ve only beaten one time in program history. And that win came earlier this year.
The game had all the markings of an instant classic right from the start. Mustang FOGO Colin Seedorf continued his dominance of the faceoff X, which helped the Mustangs earn extra possessions. Adrenaline All-American Holden Evans got the scoring going for the Mustangs from up top off a nice pass from AJ Switzer. A low scoring first quarter ended with the Mustangs up 1-0.
The second quarter started with Burdette scoring off another assist from Switzer to go up 2-1. Two-way middle Justin Paget scored a few minutes later and the Mustangs went into halftime up 3-2.
Burdette got things started in the third quarter with his second goal off of Switzer’s third assist. The Eagles scored to tie things up at 4-4. The pace slowed in the third quarter until Jared Friesen scored what looked like it would be the game winner from the right wing. The goal put the Mustangs up 5-4 with 8:20 left in the game. Paget added what seemed like an insurance goal with 1:20 left in the game as the Eagles were scrambling to gain possession.
Paget’s goal ended up being the game winner as the Eagles scored off a wild re-start and loose ball with 7 seconds left. The Eagles jumped the ensuing faceoff and Switzer threw the ball into the air to end a historic night with the final score Mustangs 6, Eagles 5. Trabuco Hills’ Goalie Cooper Gatine turned in another great performance in net to solidify him as one of the top net minders in the county.
The win pushed the Mustangs into the final four for the first time in program history. The Mustangs (18-2) season of firsts continues on Saturday, May 4th at Segerstrom HS in Santa Ana at 2:45pm when they play the Foothill Knights.
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