Trabuco Hills fends off South Coast rival San Clemente

In a matchup of two top 10 teams who were both undefeated in South Coast League play, Trabuco Hills’  proved to be the difference in their 13-7 win over San Clemente. San Clemente and Trabuco Hills entered the game with identical 2-0 records in league and impressive wins against quality non-league opponents.

The Mustangs jumped on the Tritons in the opening minute when  won the faceoff and hit  for the first of his three goals. The remainder of the first quarter belonged to Burdette, who scored three first quarter goals off of passes from  and .

Seedorf outdueled the Tritons  throughout the night and scored a goal of his own during the Mustangs early 3-0 run. Seedorf helped the Mustangs win possessions and dictate the pace of play. The first quarter ended with the Mustangs ahead 6-1.

The pace of the game slowed a bit in the second quarter. Burdette scored his fourth goal on the night off of a nice assist from Evans. Evans tallied his second goal when Switzer found him cutting to the net uncontested. The Mustangs received another outstanding effort out of their defensive unit of  and .

The foursome forced the Tritons into difficult shooting positions, which allowed goalie  to come away with 4 first half saves. Tritons senior attackman  scored two first half goals and the Mustangs led 8-2 going into halftime.

The third quarter belonged to the Mustangs as well. Two-way middie and Switzer both tallied goals after long possessions. The Mustangs won possession off of an ensuing faceoff and quickly called timeout to retain possession. Switzer was staring down a double team on the restart, until he found Angel all alone along the sideline. Angel carried the ball three quarters of the way and finished with his first varsity goal.  Nelson added his third goal of the night and the Mustangs headed to the fourth quarter up 11-3.

The fourth quarter started with the Tritons Nelson and  scoring in the matter of 2 minutes.  Friesen scored two fourth quarter goals for the Mustangs, who won going away by a final score of 13-7.

The Mustangs (8-1) have today off and return to action for their third game of the week at El Toro High School at 5:30pm on Thursday. The Tritons will look to rebound on Friday when they travel to Mission Viejo HS to face off against the Diablos.

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Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at