Huntington Beach – The Yorba Linda boys lacrosse team broke a 2-2 tie at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, as it defeated No.14 ranked Huntington Beach 14-7 at Huntington Beach High School.
“We moved the ball really well and we shared [the ball] a lot,” Yorba Linda coach Mike Schreiber said.
After the two teams went into the second quarter tied at 2-2, the Mustangs took control, outscored the Oilers 5-1 to open a 7-3 lead, causing Huntington Beach coach Ryan Kelaher to take a time out. Although the Oilers narrowed the margin to 7-4 after the timeout, Yorba Linda resumed control and started expanding the lead again.
The Yorba Linda lead kept growing because the Mustangs forced the Oilers to turn the ball over several times. In addition, Yorba Linda kept capitalizing on Huntington Beach’s mistakes.
“Overall it was a bad game. We had a lot of defensive breakdowns and simple mistakes,” Huntington Beach goalie Grady Mercier said.
Mercier had nine saves for Huntington Beach. Offensively, the Oilers were led by Kyle Henriksen and Donnie Schulte who each had two goals.
Huntington Beach (1-3) pulled within 11-7 thanks to a Henriksen goal, but Yorba Linda ran down the clock and used three late goals to seal the match.
“I think this loss is an eye opener for us. Going into our next games, we need to play all four quarters and we need to never underestimate anyone,” Mercier said.
Yorba Linda (3-2) was led by Zac Hardinson and Andrew Flanders which each had three goals. Goalie Jason Bohlinger had five saves for the Mustangs, which snapped a two-game losing skid.
Yorba Linda’s next game is Wednesday at home against Norco (2-4) at 6 p.m. Later that week, the Mustangs play at No.6 Great Oak (1-4) of Temecula on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Huntington Beach’s next game is Tuesday against Dana Hills (0-3). The Oilers then open up Sunset League play against Newport Harbor (1-3) on Friday. Both matches will be home matches for the Oilers that start at 7 p.m.