The Trabuco Hills girls’ lacrosse team toppled Foothill, 8-7, on Tuesday night at Trabuco Stadium, the Mustang program’s first victory over the perennial powerhouse Knights in 10 tries over the past decade.
Trabuco came out strong against the defending Orange County/Southern Section champions to earn a 6-5 lead at half on three goals from Juliet Mooney; two from Kendall Derbyshire and one from Sydney Rauch. But the two teams tussled all second half with little scoring success.
Key for the Mustangs was winning all five draw controls after the break. Another goal from Mooney, her fourth in the game, and one from Hennessey Evans equaled the Knights’ second-half scoring and was good enough for the win.
Goalie Ashley Bell had seven saves on the night. Audie Shutler picked up five ground balls; Evans had four; Shannon Smith had three.
Sophie Forester paced the Foothill offense with six points(5 goals, 1 assist). Brie Ratkevich and Meridian Lee each scored one goal. Carly Escalette handed out two assists. Hannah Upshaw (USC) stopped 14 of the 23 shots she faced.
Foothill coach Kate Hick commended the Mustangs on the victory “Trabuco played great. It was a good win for them”
Next up: Trabuco Hills (3-0) plays Newport Harbor (1-2) on Friday. Foothill (1-1) plays Capo (1-1) on Thursday.
Thanks to Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse for their contribution to this story.