Lady Mustangs come up short in soccer playoffs
The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs saw their hopes at a run in the State 2AA Soccer playoffs come to an end with a second -round loss to Newton-Conover. After jumping out to a lead after the Lady Mustangs took the ball down field with a seven pass that ended with Tatum Auvil delivering a cross to Cassidy Whisnant, it looked like East would make a run for it. They had most of the chances early and were playing well just before they gave up a foul that gave the Newton striker an open net to tie the game. A penalty kick for Newton followed and they went up 2-1 at the half.
“It was evident that their game plan was to disrupt our ball possession as much as possible,” said coach Jason Dragoon. “We spent the first half constantly under pressure in the middle.”
Things didn’t get better for the Lady Mustangs in the second half. Newton scored two more goals in the second and put the game out of reach.
“We felt we had the more skilled side…and a better soccer team,” said Dragoon. “They had a great defensive plan and…disrupted our ball possession.”
Dragoon praised his girls for the hard work the whole game. He said they executed well and played better soccer but were just on the wrong end of three foul calls which made the difference.
“Our team had a great year playing a very difficult schedule. (We) just ended up with the ball bouncing the wrong way for us at the right time for Newton,” said Dragoon.
In the opening round, the Lady Mustangs beat Pisgah 5-2. The Lady Mustangs netted four goals in the first 20 minutes of the game and dropped to cruise control to end the game. Tatum Auvil netted two goals. Freshman Audrey Cardwell and senior Dalton Bell each added one. Junior Maggie Turner added the fifth goal just before the half.