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Varsity 13, Mission Viejo 10

March 20, 2013

The Trabuco Hills Girls Lacrosse Varsity notched their first South Coast League win of the season, besting Mission Viejo, 13-10, at Trabuco Stadium.

From the opening draw it was obvious that this game would be a little different from previous contests up to this point.  The Mustangs and Diablos were about to go to war, and the stadium turf was about to turn into a battlefield.

The visiting squad from Mission Viejo came out strong and put immediate pressure on the Trabuco Hills vaunted defense, but the team remained steadfast.  Melanie Leong opened the scoring for the Mustangs while Becca Ransom was very active early on in their own zone, setting the defensive tone for the 1st half.  The Mustangs exhibited crisp passing and moved the ball effectively, opening up opportunities to take control of the play.  Kendall Derbyshire and Hope Dodd scored pretty goals while Niki Neely continued her tenacious play as the go-to defensive stopper.  Dodd was able to score again, sandwiched in between a pair of tallies from Hannah Redwine, as the Diablos picked up the level of physical play.  Even though the offense was clicking, it was the defense that stifled the Mission Viejo assault along with stellar play from Cyreana Malkowski in goal, who turned away 8 high-quality scoring chances.  Jenelle Phillips beat the Diablo goalie with no time remaining on the clock to give the Mustangs a 7-2 halftime lead.

Mission Viejo, however, was far from done.

As the second half opened, the Diablos kept up the level of aggressive and physical play, spending extended periods of time in front of the Mustang net and completely controlling play.  A trio of unanswered goals led to a timeout for the Mustangs, but the momentum stayed with Mission Viejo as they tallied again after double- and triple-teaming every Mustang ball carrier.  When Neely drew a charge call, one had to wonder if it might change the tide.  Eventually it did.  Dodd finally broke the drought with a silky goal on a beautiful feed from Derbyshire, then scored again after the Diablos tried to intimidate her with a hard check.

The teams traded goals, Dodd scoring her 3rd in a row to give her 5 for the game and Megan McIntyre striking for one as the game began to deteriorate into a series of yellow cards.  Composure slipped farther and farther away from Mission Viejo as the physicality escalated, and goals by Phillips and Derbyshire in the waning minutes sealed their fate.  Goalie Cyrena Malkowski would finish with 15 big saves as the Mustangs survived to win a hard-fought victory, 13-10.

Record: 5-2-2, 1-1 South Coast

Next game: At Aliso Niguel, Thursday

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