Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Mustangs Trample Panthers, 6-2
Kris McMahon and Gregg Curtin (April 7, 2006)
The soccer team started districts with a huge win against Rappahannock,
crushing the Panthers 6-2. After the opening whistle both sides started
out well and both looked capable of snatching the first goal. Senior center
midfielder Kris McMahon started the scoring with a beautiful left-footed
volley from the corner of the 18-yard box, beating the keeper far post.
The Panthers came close in the 20th minute when their right
midfielder beat a Mustang defender and hit a low shot trying to beat back-up
goalkeeper Gregg Curtin. Curtin made a comfortable save to keep the score
Panthers would not submit to the Mustangs. They scored again by racing
down the left flank and firing a shot towards keeper Gregg Curtin. The
ball was tipped by Curtin but managed to fall into the Mustang goal making
the score line 4-2. Senior forward Mike Coleman came onto to the field
to give the Mustangs more attacking options towards the end of the game.
After an error in the Panthers’ defense, the Mustangs won a corner kick.
Mike Chaves again struck a pin-point accurate ball into the box, Coleman
capitalized on this corner and headed it into the side netting of the Panthers’ goal,
to give the Mustangs a 5-2 lead.
As time was winding down the Mustangs were not finished.
With less than four minutes of play, senior defender/midfielder David Slot
used his lightening speed to blow by two defenders and calmly slide the
ball past the rushing Panther goal keeper.
With this win the Mustangs’ record is
1-0-0 in the district and 1-1-2 in the regular
season, tying Central H.S. and losing to AAA competitors J.E.B. Stuart
and Stonewall Jackson.
In the 22nd minute, McMahon made it 2-0 by
heading the ball off of Mike Chaves’s curling-in
corner kick. The Panthers immediately took advantage, within
the first 15 seconds of the kickoff they caught an easy break
away and found the back of the net to make it 2-1. The Mustangs
pushed ahead 3-1 before the first half came to a close. McMahon
received the ball on the right side of the field, faked out
one defender and managed to get by two others before crushing
a 22-yard shot that nicked the crossbar to give the Mustangs
a two goal cushion before half.
The Mustangs were determined to not let the lead slip
and the boys played very physical, possessed the ball nicely,
and were eventually rewarded with another goal in the 62nd minute
of play. Mike Chaves played a beautiful 45-yard free kick
into the penalty area, where McMahon was able to head it
over the charging goalie.
midfielder James Day calls for a pass against the Rappahannock
Panthers in the Mustangs’ first match in district competition
Wed. night at home. The Mustangs won 6-2. (Photo by Jared Allan)