Boys soccer looks to get offensive in final games
By Kyle Salomon,
Before the regular season began, the Mustang boys soccer team had its sights set on a deep run in the playoffs.
Sitting at 10 games into the season and with a disappointing 3-7 overall record, the Bronco boys now find themselves trying to scratch and claw their way into a playoff berth with three games left to play.
Mustang fell at U.S. Grant 2-0 as the Generals put two goals in the back of the net in the final six minutes of the game, breaking the 0-0 tie against the Broncos.
“We must play better,” Mustang head coach Jared Homer said. “We have to get better at making in-game adjustments and playing for each other. We have three games left, in which we control our playoff hopes. We win and we’re in, we lose and we’re out.”
Offense has been a big struggle for the Bronco boys this season. They have only scored more than one goal in a game one time this year. Homer said Mustang is going to change the way it attacks with the ball.
“We are going to be more direct in these final games,” he said. “Everything is going to be moving forward and putting pressure on the defense. We will be looking to score goals in bunches these last games.”
The team defense has been solid for Mustang this season, keeping the Broncos in games when their offense was struggling.
“We must be better organized and we must be better at closing games out with our defense,” Homer said.
The situation the Mustang boys have put themselves in gives these final three games a playoff-like feeling. Homer said he expects his team to have that type of intensity.
“We have been stressing our intensity level this week in practice,” he said. “We will be stressing on what our purpose is and play like the playoffs depend on it.”
Homer said if his team will work hard and do things the right way, that good things will happen for them.
“We are struggling to find ways to win right now,” he said. “It isn’t easy to win games and we are working on building that mentality right now.”
The Broncos hosted Lawton on Tuesday on senior night for MHS soccer. They travel to Westmoore for an 8 p.m. game Friday and travel to Norman North at 8 p.m. next Tuesday for their final regular season game of the year.