Trabuco Hills Girls Shut Down Yorba Linda

trabuco_3After the Trabuco Hills Girls Varsity Lacrosse started the season with two wins, on Monday they faced its toughest opponent yet in a home game against Yorba Linda.

Yorba Linda immediately made their presence felt with a goal after 90 seconds of play. Trabuco settled down quickly and shook free of the erratic play from last week, answering Yorba Linda with a goal from Melanie Leong coming off of a Marina Sandoval pass. It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to hit their groove as they fired off 5 unanswered goals.

Jackie Huse (21) Rushes up on defense
Jackie Huse (21) Rushes up on defense

Suddenly, the momentum shifted. Yorba Linda was able stretch the field with their speed. The Trabuco Mustangs were unable to aggressively double the Yorba Linda players as they slipped by and began breaking long runs wearing down the Trabuco defense. Yorba Linda’s Mustangs outscored Trabuco 5-1 -and came within 1 goal, only down 7-6.

Slowly, the Trabuco defense was able to right itself. Takeaways from Hannah Moller and Cheyenne Ochoa helped feed the ball back into Trabuco control. Madison Dumond was able to fight her way to winning three ground balls in a row and Trabuco righted the ship. Jenelle Phillips scored to close the half and Trabuco still held the lead at 9-6.

As the second half opened Trabuco had a dramatic change in their style of play as they dictated the pace of the game and let their defense began to assert itself upon Yorba Linda.

In the second half alone, Trabuco won 9 ground balls and had 9 takeaways. Becca Haggard accounted for 5 ground balls 2 takeaways by herself and helped shutdown play in the middle of the field. As the second half wore on, Trabuco outscored Yorba Linda 7-2 and went on to win the “Battle of the Mustangs” by 16-8 – bringing their 2014 record to 3-0.

Becca Haggard (5) leads defensive charge up field
Becca Haggard (5) leads defensive charge up field

Melanie Leong (25) fights for a draw control
Melanie Leong (25) fights for a draw control

Trabuco’s Cyrena Malkowski had a remarkable game in goal. She finished with 11 saves, 8 coming in the first half. Cyrena’s 6 free position saves truly made a difference in tough game against Yorba Linda.

Trabuco goal scorers of the game were: Marina Sandoval (3), Melanie Leong (3), Kendall Derbyshire (3), Becca Haggard (2), Taylor Fox (2), Jenelle Phillips (2) and Jackie Huse (1).

Next game up for Trabuco? Thursday at Newport Harbor.

Courtesy Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse