Boys soccer prepares to host loaded Bronco Cup

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By Kyle Salomon,

Seven different boys’ soccer teams will invade Mustang today through Saturday in the Bronco Cup.

The Mustang boys’ soccer team will get back into action for the first time in more than two weeks at 8 p.m. tonight against Guymon in the opening day of the Bronco Cup at Mustang High School.

Jenks, Owasso, Norman, Westmoore, Moore, Heritage Hall and Guymon will all compete in the three-day event.

The Cup is scheduled to take place at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex, but could be moved to Bronco Stadium if the weather turns bad.

Mustang head coach Jared Homer said this year’s group of teams is very strong.

“We have a very competitive group of teams again this year,” he said. “We have the defending Class 5A state champion Heritage Hall attending. We have perennial Class 6A powerhouses Jenks, Norman and Owasso attending, who are all ranked in the top six in the state. It should be a great tournament with great teams on display these three days.”

The Mustang boys will take on Jenks at 6 p.m. Friday night. Homer said his players have looked forward to that game for a long time.

“Jenks versus Mustang is our marquee game for sure,” he said. “Our guys have marked this game for some time now to compete with one of the top teams in the state from the east side. All three of our games will be a true test for sure. I am excited about playing Guymon and Heritage Hall as much as our Jenks matchup.”

Homer said getting top-level teams like Jenks to come down to the Bronco Cup proves it’s one of the best soccer tournaments in the state.

“Jenks coming down here shows a lot about the event we put on,” he said. “I believe the Bronco Cup is the top tournament in the state of Oklahoma as far as matchups and top-notch teams each year. We have a great venue and great teams are on display all weekend.

“College coaches love to attend and see the high level of play in every single game. Our booster club does a great job of putting things in place and making it a desirable place to be.”

Despite their disappointing 1-2 start to the season, Homer said this tournament can be a springboard for the remainder of the year.

“Playing well against some of the best teams in the state would for sure give us a boost heading into district play,” he said. “We want to get better each game, so when district rolls around we are playing our best soccer at the right time. This tournament should help get everything in place for a district run.”