Girls soccer sinks Putnam City at home

Jaci Jones Four

By Kyle Salomon,

Sophomore Jaci Jones earned the hat trick last Friday night with three goals in the 5-1 home district win against Putnam City.

Junior forward Alina Magruder scored the other two goals in the match for the Lady Broncos. The victory improved Mustang’s overall record to 4-5 on the year.

The Bronco girls defense was stout against the Lady Pirates as Putnam City only had one shot on goal the entire night, which was the only goal scored in the game for the Pirate girls.

“I thought we put a really good game together against Putnam City,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “It was a game that we needed to win, and our girls played that way. I was proud of their effort from start to finish. It makes a big difference when the ball goes in the net early.”

Jaci Jones played in the mid-forward position again for the Lady Broncos last Friday night in place of her older sister and senior starter Lexi Jones, who missed the game with a knee injury.

Jaci Jones usually starts at one of the midfield positions for Mustang, but with Lexi Jones out of the lineup, the Bronco girls need help in the scoring department, so the Lady Broncos coaching staff decided to move Jaci up to forward to aid the Mustang offense.

“We are having to do some different things with Lexi (Jones) out right now,” Mason said. “I think it takes some time for the girls to adjust to it. It’s just not going to happen overnight, but the girls are working hard and are starting to figure it out a little bit.”

The Bronco girls dominated the game from start to finish. MHS scored two goals in the first half off the foot of Jaci Jones. Jaci scored one more goal in the second half, while Magruder scored both of her goals in the second half.

Putnam City scored its only goal of the contest early in the second half, cutting the Lady Broncos lead to 2-1, but Mustang responded in a strong way to put the game away against the Lady Pirates.

All was not perfect for the Mustang girls soccer team last week. They dropped a road district game April 8 at Bishop McGuinness, 2-1.

The Fighting Irish put two goals in the back of the net in the first 15 minutes of the game to take a stunning 2-0 lead on the Lady Broncos.

Mustang fought back and scored a goal off Magruder in the second half, but that would be all the Bronco girls would muster against Bishop McGuinness.

“If you take away the first 10-15 minutes of that game, we win,” Mason said. “For whatever reason, we were not ready to play when the game started against McGuinness. We have to have more intensity and sense of urgency.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to U.S. Grant for another road district game before returning home to take on Lawton at 6 p.m. next Tuesday on senior night for Mustang soccer.