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Mustangs defeat Stone in shootout for 5-5A title

January 13, 2013
West Jones Jr Sr High School



The West Jones Mustangs are boys' district champions again. The Mustangs played second seeded Stone County on the turf at Petal on Saturday with the title at stake. "We knew we held the tie breaks if it came down to it after beating them 4-1 down there," said Coach Craig Winship. "We just needed to play a consistent style of soccer to have a chance of winning against them."
 
Senior midfielder Evan Buckley, who committed to Jones County Junior College earlier in the week, scored the game's first goal in the game's 22nd minute. He drove down the left side, cut back and blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the goal. The lead stood at the half. Stone County would tie and take the lead in the middle of the second half off goals by Kolby Krohn and Michael Graham.
 
In the 73rd minute of play, Mustang sophomore forward took a free direct kick from about 35 yards away that took a big hop over the Wildcat keeper and tied the match at 2-2. Both teams would have a scoring chance late, but the game went into overtime.
 
In the first overtime, a collision inside the Mustang penalty area cost the Wildcats a forward and West Jones their keeper. Each side would play with ten players for the rest of the overtimes. Junior Austin Herrington shifted from fullback to keeper. After two ten minute overtimes, the teams went to a shootout. The Mustangs scored first and second on shots by Chance Clark and Buckley. Herrington saved the first two Wildcat attempts. After Stone made two shots and Estess made his, the Mustangs needed only a final goal by sophomore Donaldo Martinez to win it. His shot sailed past the keeper giving West Jones their sixth straight division title.
 
"Stone County played very well, and it was a shame that anyone had to lose today," added Winship. "I am very proud of how the boys are playing this season. We look forward to playing a tough South Jones team on Tuesday and then on to the playoffs."

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