Mustang girls lock up playoff berth

Alina Magruder One

By Kyle Salomon

With two victories last week, the Mustang girls soccer team has locked up another playoff berth in this year’s version of the state girls soccer playoffs starting next Tuesday.

Junior forward Alina Magruder scored the winning goal deep in the second half against Westmoore last Friday night on the road to give the Lady Broncos a 2-1 victory.

“That was a tough win on the road,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “They do not give up. Our girls really fought tooth and nail to get this win. It’s amazing how much better we look right now than we did a month ago. Everything is better. Their passes are better, their defense is better, everything is better right now.”

The Bronco girls scored the first goal of the game in the first five minutes and a goal from senior midfielder Anna Crawford off a Magruder assist.

Westmoore tied the game at one goal apiece, but the Mustang ladies didn’t bat an eye as they hung tough and battled their way to a spot in the state tournament.

Senior forward Lexi Jones returned to the lineup for Mustang against the Jaguars, which boosted the overall play from the Broncos. Jones had been sidelined with a knee injury for close to a month.

“We are playing our best soccer of the season right now,” Mason said. “Which is exactly what you want to happen as a coach, but we have to keep working hard and doing the things we have been doing that makes up successful.”

The first-round playoff opponent for the Lady Broncos will most likely be Edmond North. Mustang will have to travel to Edmond to take on the Lady Huskies.

The Broncos girls have not played Edmond North in the regular season this year, but the two squads scrimmaged each other in the preseason, with the score tied at 0-0 when the scrimmage was over.

On April 22, the Mustang girls took on Lawton in their final home game of the regular season and defeated the Wolverines 7-0 on senior night.

The Lady Broncos scored three goals in the first half and four in the second as they dominated both sides of the field against Lawton.

Sophomore midfielder Jaci Jones scored two goals in the contest for the Lady Broncos. Wiles, Magruder, freshman midfielder Halle Hill and junior forward Kelsey Janko all scored goals for Mustang in the seven-goal rout.

The two wins improved Mustang’s record to 7-5 this season. The Bronco girls played their final game of the year on Tuesday night at Norman North. The game is meaningless as far as standings go, but MHS wants to remain sharp heading into the postseason.

“We aren’t going to be scared to play anyone,” Mason said. “With the way we are playing right now and the confidence level we are at right now, I’m excited about what could happen for us in the playoffs. We will have to play well, obviously, but I’m confident this group can do that.”