Trabuco Hills girls lacrosse team wrapped up an undefeated first round of South Coast League play with a 20-8 win over El Toro Tuesday night. The Chargers, however, quickly established themselves with a score off the draw in the first minute of play. The Mustangs could not hold onto the ball and struggled with their mid-field passing. Again, the Chargers seized the opportunity with another score and lead the game at 2-0. Then, Mustang Jackie Huse intercepted a midfield pass to jumpstart the defense and Trabuco began to attack the Chargers. Mustang Jenelle Phillips finally had an answer for the Chargers and scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 2-2. Erin Beall, in her second start in goal for an injured Cyrena Malkowski, stopped two free position shots in a row. For the game, Beall had 9 saves — 7 coming from the free position.
Early on, the Mustang defense rallied around Beall and began to shut down the Charger attack. Becca Haggard proved instrumental in the middle of the field by winning a pair of ground balls and a forcing a turnover to keep the momentum in the Mustangs favor. With 15 minutes left in the first half, Mustang Madison Dumond fed a pass to Melanie Leong for the go ahead score and the Mustangs never looked back. By half, the Mustangs held a commanding 13-3 lead over the El Toro.
The Mustangs opened the second half with another Jenelle Phillips goal and continued to dictate the pace of the game. Mustang Marina Sandoval dominated the middle of the field with 3 ground balls and a takeaway and kept the Mustang attack pressing forward. The Chargers attempted to rally, but had fallen too far behind to make an impact. A pair of Taylor Fox goals added to the Mustang total and the Mustangs (12-1) came away with their 8th win in a row and are undefeated and atop South Coast (4-0) as the first half of league play ended.
Next up for Trabuco is the Mission Viejo Diablos at home in another South Coast matchup on Thursday at 5:30 PM.
Courtesy of Trabuco Hills Girls’ Lacrosse