The Trabuco Hills Mustangs returned to action on Saturday to face off against an out of state opponent in the Monarch High School Coyotes from just outside of Denver, Colorado. The Coyotes are led by All-State midfielder Chad Kreuzer (Furman commit) who scored both of the Coyotes first half goals. Mustangs LSM Scott Barger (Towson commit) drew the defensive matchup against Kreuzer and the two future Division 1 players battled throughout the night.
The Mustangs were playing short handed without Captain Harrison Evans (Colorado Mesa commit), who sat out due to an injury. The absence of Evans opened up additional minutes for face off specialist and midfielder Jake Lansner,sophomore Tyler Payne andjunior Mason Morris. Lansner got the Mustangs onto the score board early in the second quarter with an unassisted left handed blast from the top left of the restraining box. Trabuco Hills defenseman Jonathan Salgado had the top play of the first half with a nice take away and incredible individual effort to get the clear. John Kauo followed Lansner with another unassisted goal to tie things up at 2-2 to end the half.
Lansner controlled the face offs for the Mustangs, winning 8 out of 10 against 4 separate Coyotes throughout the night. The Mustangs were unable to capitalize on the extra possessions though, as they were stymied throughout the night by the Coyotes’ goalie Andrew Winans who had 9 saves. Kreuzer capped off his hat trick early in the 3rd quarter with an incredible individual effort to put the Coyotes up 3-2. Mustangs Senior Billy Barron (Sonoma State) scored on an unassisted effort from just above the goal line to even the score at 3-3 with five minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. The Coyotes answered with two unanswered goals to from attack Andrew Zwiers to end the 3rd ahead 5-3.
The Mustangs pulled within one goal after a man up goal by Jason Kauo, off an assist from his brother John. The momentum quickly shifted back to the Coyotes after they scored two goals within a matter of minutes to pull ahead 7-4. John Kauo added a goal for the Mustangs, but it just wasn’t meant to be for the Mustangs’. The Coyotes added an empty net goal and came away with the 8-5 victory.
The Coyotes (3-1) finish out their week long California trip with games in San Diego County against Rancho Bernardo HS and San Marcos HS. The Mustangs (2-3; 0-1) return to South Coast League play on Tuesday, March 22nd when they travel to Aliso Niguel (2-3; 0-1) to face the Wolverines at 5:30pm.
Submitted by Trabuco Hills boys’ lacrosse