Bronco Cup teaches boys hard lessons

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By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang boys soccer finished the 2014 Bronco Cup with a 1-2 record as they dropped their final two games of the three-day event.

The Bronco boys opened the Bronco Cup on March 27 with a 1-0 victory over Guymon. They dropped their Friday night showdown with No.1 Jenks 4-1, and fell in their Saturday morning match to Heritage Hall 2-1.

“Sure, it is disappointing not getting the result we wanted in all three games,” Mustang head coach Jare Homer said. “Playing teams like Jenks and Heritage Hall early in the season can only help build confidence going forward. Those are both excellent teams that we played with and had an opportunity to win the game. Everything we are doing wrong is fixable and we can play better.”

The marquee game for the Broncos in the Bronco Cup was their second match against Jenks. The Trojans came into the three-day tournament with the Class 6A No.1 overall ranking.

The Friday and Saturday games were moved from the Mustang High School soccer complex to Bronco Stadium.

With Friday night winds gusting more than 30 mph, both teams struggled moving the ball around. Mustang had the wind at its back in the first half as they looked to jump on Jenks early and take a lead on the Trojans.

The wind seemed to not bother Jenks as they scored within the first 10 minutes of the opening half. The Trojans put another shot in the back of the net several minutes later, taking a commanding 2-0 lead.

The Broncos fired back as they were able to cut the Jenks’ lead in half on a bending missile off the foot of senior forward Colton Haskin.

However, the Trojans answered quickly with a goal of their own before halftime, making the score 3-1 Jenks.

Neither team threatened to score much in the second half as most of the game was played in the middle of the field. Jenks put another goal in the back of the net inside the final minute of the game, making the final difference three goals.

“I thought during the Jenks game we played with good urgency some of the time,” Homer said. “But too much of the time we spent without that energy and urgency and it showed, giving up an easy goal in the first half and a late goal to make it 4-1.”

Homer said his team is playing well defensively, but needs to improve on the offensive end.

“Defensively, we are playing well,” he said. “We have to find a way to score more goals. We had several chances throughout the weekend to put several goals away and we didn’t. We haven’t scored more than one goal all season. That is something that must improve going into district play.”

Homer said despite the two losses, his team can’t get down on themselves.

“We have to put things into perspective,” he said. “Jenks is ranked No.1 and is very strong, and Heritage Hall went undefeated last season and has yet to lose this season. We played some tough teams that will prepare us for district play.”