Strong winds derail girls soccer in first-round playoff loss
By Kyle Salomon,
Playoff appearances are a common occurrence in the Mustang girls soccer program, but for the 2014 Lady Broncos soccer team, it was a good accomplishment.
The Bronco girls soccer program fell at Edmond North 3-2 in overtime on May 6 in the first round of the 6A girls soccer state playoffs.
“We, of course, are disappointed we didn’t go farther in the playoffs,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “We always have very high expectations of ourselves, but in the big picture, I am pleased with how the girls never gave up and kept working and improving throughout the year.”
The story of the game was the 30-40 mph constant wind gusts out of the south of a north and south field at Edmond North.
In the first half, the Lady Huskies had the wind at their backs going toward the north goal, while Mustang had to go into the hard wind toward the south goal.
The wind made a big difference as Edmond North scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into the halftime locker room.
The second half when the Lady Broncos had the wind at their backs, it was a different story. Mustang scored two goals to tie the game at two and send it into overtime, which is golden goal and first team that scores wins.
Edmond North drew the lucky stick and got the wind at their back for the first 10-minute OT. The Huskies took advantage and scored the game-winning goal, which ended the Bronco girls season with a record of 7-7.
Junior forward Alina Magruder and sophomore midfielder Jaci Jones scored the two goals for Mustang.
Despite the first-round exit, the Lady Broncos have a lot to be proud of this season.
“We had a lot of experience on this year’s team,” Mason said. “But we had a lot of inexperience as well. We had one of our seniors hurt for a large portion of the season, so we had to move some girls around to compensate for her loss, but we went from 3-5 to 7-5, which shows a lot of character in this group.”
Through the first eight games of the year, the Bronco girls had a 3-5 record and were on the outside looking in when it came to the playoff picture.
Magruder and senior forward Lexi Jones missed numerous games with injuries, which hurt the offensive production of the team.
Mustang went on a tear and won four out of their last five regular season games to clinch a playoff spot.
“Everything got better for us as the year went on,” Mason said. “We started moving the ball better, passing the ball with a lot more crisp and our goals to shots on goal ratio improved in a big way. It was fun to see the girls get better as the season progressed.”
Lexi Jones and senior midfielder Anna Crawford were named to the 2014 West Large School All-State Soccer Team following their season.