Shootout claims Lady Broncos again
By Kyle Salomon
Penalty kicks haunted the Lady Broncos soccer team again last Friday night as Mustang dropped a district home match to Edmond Memorial 4-1.
The loss dropped the Bronco girls record to 3-4 on the season with six games remaining on the regular season schedule.
“I figure we are going to have to win at least four out of our last six games to go to the playoffs,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “And that is very possible. We are capable of winning every game we play in, but we have to figure out how to put more goals in the net. Hopefully we can do that going forward.”
Neither offense was able to muster anything throughout the entire game last Friday night. Mustang and Edmond Memorial played a style of game that nearly mirror-images one another. Both teams’ defenses were stout and physical against the opposing offenses.
The Lady Broncos had several opportunities in regulation to put the ball in the back of the net, but couldn’t take advantage, which allowed the Lady Bulldogs to force the game into two 10-minute overtimes and eventually to penalty kicks.
“We are going to have to get better with our PKs,” Mason said. “It seems like that is the way we are going to play this season, so we need to make sure and get better in that area. We are close offensively, but we are just a second late on some of our passing windows. We need to take advantage of those opportunities, and that starts on the practice field.”
Three out of four Mustang losses this season have come in penalty kicks and the other happened as regulation time expired.
The good news from last Friday night’s contest was the return of junior forward Alina Magruder, who had to miss two games because of an eye injury she sustained the week before in the Putnam City North tournament.
Senior forward Lexi Jones wasn’t as fortunate as Magruder as the senior captain was held out of the Edmond Memorial game because of a knee injury she sustained in the same game Magruder was injured. Jones is expected to return to the lineup soon for the Lady Broncos.
“It was good to get Alina (Magruder) back on Friday,” Mason said. “She played well and got some good looks at the goal. It was good to see her back out there. We are missing Lexi in a big way right now. She is a leader for us, and she is a goal scorer. It’s forcing us to move other players around to fill her void. We are a different team with Lexi in the lineup.”
The Lady Broncos took on Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday night on the road in a crucial district game against the Fighting Irish. They host Putnam City at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
“I’m confident in this group,” Mason said. “Everything we are struggling with right now is more than fixable. We need to start playing more consistently this week.”