Mustang represents well in All-State girls soccer game

Crawford, Mason and Jones

By Kyle Salomon,

For the past 10 years, the east side of the state has dominated the All-State girls soccer game, but Mustang 2014 graduate Anna Crawford helped end that streak and gave the west team a 1-0 victory.

Crawford scored the game’s only goal midway through the second half in Muskogee as the west side team’s defense held strong to secure the victory.

Crawford said when she saw the ball go into the back of the net, she had a great feeling they were going to win the game.

“I was able to get the ball into the goal past the goalkeeper,” she said. “When it went in, we had a good feeling we would be able to go on and win the game. Our defense was playing really well. We had a really good team and we knew we could beat the east team if we stuck together and play our game.”

Crawford wasn’t the only Mustang representative at the girls All-State game. Fellow 2014 graduate Lexi Jones and Lady Bronco head coach Mike Mason were there representing the west side as well.

Jones said the team chemistry was really good because most of the girls have played club soccer together for years.

“A lot of times it is hard just putting a soccer team together without much time together and play well, but a lot of us have played with each other for a lot of years in club soccer, so the transition was really smooth,” she said. “We just wanted to go out there and have a lot of fun together. We knew the west side hadn’t won that game in a long time, so we wanted to go out and win this game.”

Jones said it was the second time she had gotten to beat a lot of the east side players this summer.

“At the State Soccer Cup last month, our club team from the Oklahoma City area beat the club team from the Tulsa area in the state championship, so we were able to beat them twice this summer,” she said.

Mustang head coach Mike Mason said getting the opportunity to go out and be around girls of that skill level is an honor.

“When you have the opportunity to go out there and coach these players who are so skilled and so talented, it really is a great honor,” he said. “It makes the practices that much easier. The girls really wanted to go out there and win this game. They were motivated, so that was cool to be a part of as a coach.”

The team had four practices and a scrimmage leading up to the game, but Crawford was unable to participate in the practices and scrimmage because she is already in Norman taking classes at OU and working out with the Lady Sooners women’s soccer team.

Crawford said she was surprised how much chemistry the team had during the game.

“It’s hard when you don’t play a lot together,” she said. “Even though a lot of us do play club together, it’s still a great accomplishment to go out there and play well together and beat the east side.”