Mustangs shut out Lady Cougars


By Don Brown



Sophomore Keisha Dennis raced to get to a through-pass early in the first half.


Sophomore Ashton McMonigal sent a centering pass from the right side of the Mustang goal.


The Lady Cougars threatened the Muhlenberg goal several times in the first half, but just could not get the ball into the net.


Sophomore Kayden Sutherland brought the ball down the left side, but was held in check by Muhlenberg’s Katelyn Coin.


The Lady Cougar varsity soccer team suffered just its second loss of the year on Saturday as the homestanding Muhlenberg County Lady Mustangs handed them a 2-0 defeat in Greenville.

In the JV contest, Grayson County never got a shot on goal and were shutout 3-0 by the Lady Mustangs.

Muhlenberg plays all its soccer games on its multi-million dollar football field, which features a stunning turf field. Because the ball plays so differently than on a grass field, the Lady Mustangs have a tangible home-field advantage.

Time after time, with Grayson County looking to attack, short passes that at home would be right on the money, rolled and rolled past their intended targets. The Lady Cougars were never able to adjust.

The action was end-to-end in the early going, with both teams applying pressure to the other’s goal. Grayson County keeper Gabby Priddy was solid for the Lady Cougars, as was Mustang goalie Haleigh Harris.

But in the 31st minute, the Mustangs broke through for a goal. Priddy stopped a shot from Maddie Wabnitz, but the rebound went to Keely Newman, who put the ball into the net to make it 1-0, and that’s how the first half ended.

Neither team could gain an advantage in the opening minutes of the second half, but in the 60th minute the Lady Mustangs struck again.

Grayson County was trying to clear the ball out of their own end when they sent a high shot into the middle. Reagan Blackburn settled the bouncing ball near the 18-yard box and put a high, arcing shot toward the goal. Priddy tried to get back to her left, but was unable to get to the shot and it bounced into the net to make it 2-0.

Grayson County desperately tried to get back into the game, but was unable to sustain any kind of attack and the Lady Mustangs took the win.

In the JV contest, Grayson County did not get a single shot on goal the whole game. Meanwhile, the Lady Mustangs scored in the 15th minute when Brooklyn Whitehouse scored off an assist from Abby Dukes to get the only goal they would need.

Muhlenberg still led 1-0 at the half, and just three minutes into the second half scored again when Grayson County was unable to clear the zone and Savannah Cobb put a bouncing ball into the net, making it 2-0.

With just a few minutes left, Muhlenberg’s Rilen Geddings scored the final goal of the game, sending the Lady Cougars home with a 3-0 loss.

Sophomore Keisha Dennis raced to get to a through-pass early in the first half.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Keisha_cmyk.jpgSophomore Keisha Dennis raced to get to a through-pass early in the first half.

Sophomore Ashton McMonigal sent a centering pass from the right side of the Mustang goal.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Ashton_cmyk1.jpgSophomore Ashton McMonigal sent a centering pass from the right side of the Mustang goal.

The Lady Cougars threatened the Muhlenberg goal several times in the first half, but just could not get the ball into the net.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_pileup_cmyk.jpgThe Lady Cougars threatened the Muhlenberg goal several times in the first half, but just could not get the ball into the net.

Sophomore Kayden Sutherland brought the ball down the left side, but was held in check by Muhlenberg’s Katelyn Coin.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Kayden_cmyk.jpgSophomore Kayden Sutherland brought the ball down the left side, but was held in check by Muhlenberg’s Katelyn Coin.

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.

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