Boys’ soccer shuts out Yukon, falls to Norman
By Kyle Salomon,
After watching the Mustang girls take out Yukon, the boys soccer team made it a Bronco sweep of the Millers with a 1-0 victory at Yukon last Friday night.
Forward Ashleigh Ruttman broke free to score the match’s only goal on the assist from midfielder Connor Partin.
The win improved the boys’ record to 1-1 this season. It was the second game in as many nights for Mustang as they fell to Norman 2-1 March 6.
Mustang head coach Jared Homer said his team played relaxed against Yukon.
“We were so tight Thursday that we never really settled down and played our game,” he said. “Friday, the guys were much more relaxed and fluid with their play. Defensively, we locked in and played a great game Friday, not really allowing Yukon to have any good chances.”
In the game against Norman, senior forward Colton Haskin scored the only goal for the Broncos. It came in the second half when Mustang was trailing 2-0. Haskin broke free from his defender and lofted the ball in the air, which sailed over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net.
It was too little, too late, however, as Mustang couldn’t get over the hump, falling in the season opener to the Tigers.
Homer said he thought his offense in the first two games was inconsistent.
“At times it was good and at times it was bad,” he said. “The bad times were a product of not playing well and being in a rush when we did see the ball. Again, when we did settle down and moved the ball, we were dangerous in the offensive third.”
Homer said his team played tremendous defense against Yukon.
“We played excellent defense against Yukon,” he said. “It was a great effort from those guys all around. (Senior goalkeeper) Colton Hadlock came up with some big saves in the Norman game and backed it up in the Yukon game Friday night. They responded well after some mental errors Thursday.”