Boys’ soccer battles wind, Lions in loss at Moore

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By Kyle Salomon,

Bronco boys’ soccer team battled the wind and Moore in their loss at Moore March 11.

With winds gusting up to 30, 40 and 50 MPH, the Mustang boys’ soccer squad lost 2-0 in penalty kicks to the Lions falling to 1-2 overall this season.

“That was the windiest athletic event I have ever been a part of in my life,” Mustang head coach Jared Homer said. “It was tough to move the ball and get any good shots in the goal.”

The Broncos were playing with the wind in the first half and had several opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net but failed to do so against the Moore defense.

Mustang finished the game with 18 shots on goal compared to seven from the Lions. Regulation time ended in a 0-0 tie between the Broncos and Moore.

“We had our chances, especially in the first half, when we had the wind at our backs, but we didn’t get the job done,” Homer said. “I thought our defense was really solid. We are playing really well defensively right now, but we are struggling on the offensive end. We need to take advantage of the opportunities we have.”

The Bronco boys and the Lions played two more five-minute sessions before going into penalty kicks to decide the winner of the match.

Moore made two of their penalty kicks compared to none from the Broncos. Mustang missed all four of the penalty kicks they attempted.

“It’s really unusual to miss all four penalty kicks,” Homer said. “We usually don’t miss like that, but we did it cost us the game.”

The Bronco boys’ soccer team will have a 16-day break from game action with spring break. Mustang’s next game will take place March 27 at home in the Bronco Cup, which is a three-day event hosted by the Mustang boys’ soccer program.

Each team in the cup will play three games in three days.