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Mustangs fall to South Jones in shootout
January 21, 2013West Jones Jr Sr High School
Hattiesburg—The Mustangs would be a resilient group tonight as they came from behind four times to tie the Braves, but would eventually fall in the sudden death round of the shootout.
South Jones would score in the first minute of play with a far post shot past junior keeper Austin Herrington.
Herrington, usually one of the Mustangs’ outside fullbacks, was making his first start in goal after posting a win last week against Stone County.
West would have their chances, but could not get one past Braves’ keeper Ben Cooley until the 53rd minute. Senior midfielder Evan Buckley would play a beautiful back post header off a corner kick to even the score.
Just six minutes later, the Braves would reclaim the lead. This time, senior forward Peyton French would score the equalizer off a breakaway.
The lead would be short lived as the Braves were the lucky recipient of a Mustang own goal in the 68th minute.
“The way this team kept fighting back was encouraging,” said Coach Craig Winship. “It is very difficult mentally to work hard and keeping falling behind. Credit the boys determination and drive to never stop working.”
French would tie the contest 3-3 off an outstanding individual effort as he chipped the keeper, chased down his own pass and headed it into the goal.
There would be no score in the first overtime, but South would score in the 92nd minute. In the 95th minute, sophomore forward Kyle Estess made the front post run and was rewarded by Buckley’s spot on pass. Estess slammed home the shot tying the game again.
In the first round of penalty kicks, senior Chance Clark, Buckley and French made their shots, but the Braves kept pace. After a Mustang miss, the Braves took the lead 4-3 with one shooter remaining for each team.
Just as he did Saturday against Stone County, sophomore midfielder Donaldo Martinez stepped up and made his kick. The Braves’ shooter sailed his wide right forcing the match into another round of shooters. This round, however, was sudden death.
The selected Mustang shooters were juniors Omar Garcia, Dylan Blackburn and Austin Herrington; freshman Matthew Wade and 8th grader Harris Hauenstein.
Garcia shot first and almost snuck the ball under a diving Cooley, but it never completely crossed the line. South would make the next kick and the match was over.
Next up for the Mustangs is the regular season finale on the road against a very tough East Central.