No. 5 Trabuco Hills made an early-season statement that they are ready to contend with the OC’s elite programs with a decisive 13-7 win over No. 4 Santa Margarita on Monday night. It was the first time in program history that Mustangs have defeated the Eagles.
The Mustangs have developed home grown talent over the past fours years under Coach Bassett, and for the second time in as many games they were led by four seniors who started out as members of Bassett’s first freshman class. AJ Switzer (3 goals, 3 assists) led all scorers and had plenty of backup from Jared Friesen (4 goals, 2 assists), Holden Evans (2 goals, 2 assists) and Josh Burdette (3 goals).
Santa Margarita struck first in the annual renewal of the crosstown rivalry on a beautiful goal from attackmen Jack Allender. However, the Mustangs answered back with two goals of their own from Evans and Switzer to end the 1st quarter at 2-1 in favor of the Mustangs.
The game remained tight in the second quarter with both teams exchanging goals and takeaways in a back and forth affair. Each team showed off their ability to distribute the ball with seven-different goal scorers finding success in the quarter. Allender, Tyler Wrightson, Chad McFadden, and Ryan You tallied for the Eagles. The Mustangs answered with goals from Friesen, Burdette, and Switzer. The first half ended with the teams tied 5-5 and headed toward a showdown in the second half.
With FOGO Colin Seedorf controlling the dot and goalie Cooper Gatine blocking the cage, the Mustangs were able to pull away in the second half. Seedorf is quickly establishing himself as one of the top FOGO’s in the county. The Eagles threw four different players at Seedorf and he handled all of them.
Gatine, who had at least eight saves on the night, teamed up with the Mustangs’ defensive unit of Max Wulterin, freshman Logan Angel, Hunter Teston and Christian Wright to hold the Eagles to two just second half goals.
One goal from Burdette and two from Friesen gave the Mustangs an 8-5 lead heading into the final quarter but the relentless Eagles would not go quietly. A goal from You brought the Eagles to within 8-7 before Trabuco’s defense and time of possession finally allowed the offense to pull away.
Seedorf won the remaining faceoffs and the Mustangs finished the game on a 5-0 run with goals from Evans, Friesen, Seedorf, Switzer and Burdette to win going away 13-7.
The Mustangs (2-0) return to action on Thursday at home against the Northwood Timberwolves. The Eagles (1-3) travel to Los Angeles County on Friday for a matchup against Harvard-Westlake.
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