Defense falters against Edmond Memorial
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang’s boys soccer team dropped its opening district match of the season 5-1 to Edmond Memorial at home last Friday night.
The loss to the Bulldogs brings the Broncos to a 2-5 record this season as the offense continues to struggle for Mustang.
Mustang head coach Jared Homer was direct with what needs to happen for his team’s offense to improve for the remainder of the year.
“We just need to finish chances, plain and simple,” he said.
The Bronco boys have not scored more than one goal in a game this year. The one goal Mustang got into the net last Friday night was off the foot of senior forward Colton Haskin on an assist from junior forward Connor Partin nine minutes into the second half.
The strong point of the Mustang boys squad this season has been on the defensive end of the field, but against Edmond Memorial, the Broncos struggled in every facet of the game.
Homer said the Broncos defense has struggled matching up in recent games.
“They have struggled marking up the last three games,” he said. “Edmond Memorial scored four goals on set pieces, corners, throw-ins and free kicks. We did a poor job of defending those set pieces Friday and that was the difference in the game.”
Homer said it’s not just one or two players that need to step up and stop the bleeding, but the entire defense.
“Our defense as a whole has been on a downward trend over the last three games,” he said. “They need to come together and stop giving up easy goals. Four goals in a span of 15 minutes is not acceptable.”
Homer said his team needs to stop reverting back to bad habits, and focus on doing things the right way.
“We have been moving players in and out and changing positions to try and be more dynamic,” he said. “When we score goals, we have to continue to do what is working and not resort back to bad habits. We played extremely well for 50 minutes on Friday. We scored a goal and became content with that and it came back to hurt us. We have to keep pushing for goals.”
The Broncos traveled to Bishop McGuinness for another district game against the Fighting Irish. Mustang will host Putnam City at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Mustang High School soccer complex.
Every game the Broncos have from this point on in the regular season is a district match.