Girls’ soccer wins physical battle at Yukon
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang girls soccer team got goals from senior forward Sydni Wiles and junior forward Alina Magruder in the 2-0 win at archrival Yukon last Friday night.
The Lady Broncos soccer team improved to 1-0 on the season with the road victory to start the year at Yukon.
Mustang lost most of its defensive unit from last year’s squad that made it to the semifinal round of the state tournament, so rebuilding the defense was crucial if the Broncos want to have success this season.
Last Friday night against the Lady Millers was a good start for Mustang as the girls pitched a shutout.
Offensively, Mustang is experienced and talented, so the Broncos expect to score plenty of goals this season. It will be up to the defense to see whether or not Mustang can make another deep run in the postseason.
“I would put our front five up against anyone in the state,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “In our first scrimmage, our defense allowed three goals in the first half, so we decided to rebuild the whole thing. From that point on, it has been spectacular.”
The Lady Broncos controlled the game throughout the night with physical play on both ends of the field. Mustang didn’t allow more than one or two passes in a row, which frustrated the Yukon players.
The score was 0-0 in the second half when Magruder broke free down the middle of the field and received a pin-point pass, which she handled and kicked it by the goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.
Mustang put the icing on the cake late in the second half when Wiles outran a Yukon defender to a loose ball by the net, which she punched in for the 2-0 lead.
“I’m so proud of the girls for how hard and crisp they played on Friday night,” Mason said. “They were solid on both ends of the field. Our passing was good, our spacing was good and our defense was good. It was a great start to the season.”
The Lady Broncos had 12 shots on goal compared to six for Yukon. Junior goalkeeper Brandi Hutchinson had six saves in the match.