When it rained, it poured for Foothill High School on Wednesday night. The Knights, 6-1, seemed to play better the wetter it got during a 16-7 drubbing of host Santa Margarita High. After a dry and error-filled 2-2 first quarter, Foothill got into its game of multiple scorers and tireless defense, wearing down an Eagles team that was only three goals down midway through the second quarter. In the second quarter, with the scored tied 3-3 , the Eagles got called for a 2 minute non releasable penalty. It was one of 6 penalties the Eagles were assessed in the first half. The Knights pounced on the advantage and quickly went up 5-3. As the rain begin, Denver commit Nate Marano scored across his body on a high shot that opened a 7-3 score. He and fellow attackman, Drew Boyd, both had three goals. Middie Warren Case, who opened the scoring, also had three goals.
Scoring a goal apiece for Foothill were Danny Carter, Nick Matzek, Nathan Skeen, Austin Babb, Ryan Falbo and Rafael Fernandez. Matzek and Falbo had two assists apiece. Defensive standouts included sophomore LSM Jared Copeland, Matt Marano and Carter. Babb continued his season-long dominance at face-off with 16 wins.
Santa Margarita was lead by Zach Taylor who had 3 goals and an assist. Joseph Fice had two goals. Logan Dochterman had 1 goal and an assist and Chris Angelich added a goal. Hayden Ruiz had two assists. Wes Schuler, Michael Flint and Nico Houser had one assist apiece.
Both teams were short-handed for the game. Foothill played without two starters, out with minor injuries: Holy Cross commit Kevin Kodzis at attack and Gordon commit Owenn Geis. Santa Margarita was missing attack men Michael Senecal and Andrew Kofoed.
Foothill (6-1) plays San Clemente (5-1) on Saturday in a Top 5 showdown. The Eagles (5-2) host Rancho Bernardo (4-3) on Friday.