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Petal Panthers shut out West 2-0
December 15, 2013West Jones Jr Sr High School
Soso. The Mustangs sought to build on last season’s victory at Petal by hosting the Panthers here at Mustang Field.
Both team came out slow as they attempted to judge their competition and set the pace of the game.
In the 18th minute of the first half, Petal stole a pass and sent a short ball to their center mid. He turned and played a ball into space behind the Mustang backs, Their second center mid sprinted through the defense, forced our keeper to go to ground, and scored back post.
Shortly before half, Petal played a high ball over the top into space behind the defense. Senior keeper Jacob Hauenstein came up to play the volley away. Instead of that, he and the Petal forward kicked knees and went down. A second forward chipped the ball into the goal for a 2-0 Petal lead.
The second half would see more possession by both teams but few scoring opportunities. 8th grader Jess Cooley entered as the keeper and made several quality saves.
The Mustangs next travel to defending state 1-2-3 champions, Sacred Heart on Friday followed by the Thanksgiving break.