Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse Varsity shook off the first loss of the season and Spring Break by beating Santa Margarita, 14-10, in a non-league contest Wednesday night in Rancho Santa Margarita.
The hosts scored right off the opening draw, but the Mustangs reponded with a scoring flurry. By halftime, Trabuco led, 10-3.
Maybe it was rust, not playing in almost two weeks after the season’s first loss vs. Tesoro. But the Mustangs got complacent in the second half allowing Santa Margarita to almost pull off a come-from-behind win.
One key theme Coach Scott Leong will be talking about at future practices: Santa Margarita won 10 out of 12 draw controls in the second half. What saved the night: Trabuco only had four turnovers in the second half.
In goal, the Mustangs got great work again from Ashley Bell, who finished with 14 saves — eight in the first half; six after the break.
Goal scorers: Hennessey Evans, 5; Kendall Derbyshire, 4; Juliet Mooney, 2; and Gabi Bitting, Hannah Moeller, Ashley Murillo with 1 each. Audie Schutler lead the Mustangs with four groundball pickups.
Next up; Trabuco Hills (8-1; 2-1) plays Laguna Hills (8-3) on Friday. Santa Margarita (3-9) plays Aliso Niguel (1-8) on April 13.
Source: Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse.