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Mustang’s Sydney Wiles attempts to strike the soccer ball during Mustang’s season opening 6-2 win over rival Yukon. Wiles scored two goals in the game. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

Following a 2-2 tie after the first half the Lady Broncos left no one questioning who was the “Bedlam” winner.

Mustang used the last 40 minutes to guide their way with four goals and shutting out Yukon. Mustang opened the season off with a 6-2 win over the Millerettes last Friday night at home.

“They came out a little nervous,” Mustang coach Mike Mason said. “They were really pretty goals in the second half.”

Mustang’s Lexi Jones shined after assisting on three goals and scoring one herself. Sydney Wiles put two goals on the scoreboard for a nice night as well.

Yukon found the scoreboard quick with 34:53 left in the first half for a 1-0 lead over Mustang. But the Lady Broncos would not fold over after Alina Magruder scored off throw in with 19:29 left in the first half to tie up the game. 

Yukon reclaimed the lead with 10:14 in the first 40 minutes of play. The Lady Broncos yet again tied it up with just 2:15 left before halftime with Jaci Jones finding Sydney Wiles on a thru ball for Wiles’ first goal and the tie at halftime.

“We responded every time they scored we came back. It got us a confidence going into the second half,” Mason said.

Mustang came out of halftime on another level than Yukon. From the 20:59 mark to 8:15 MHS put in four goals. 

Wiles put a corner kick into the goal at the 20:59 mark to take Mustang’s first lead of the game. Anna Crawford put in a header off of a free-kick from Lexi for a 4-2 lead. Lexi scored a goal or her own on a chip shot with 14:49 remaining. With 8:15 remaining in the rivalry game Lexi assisted Laci on a free-kick for a 6-2 lead.

“Our girls had a boost coming back out [in the second half],” Mason said.

During the second half the Lady Bronco’s defense was looking to stay perfect and the back line did just that.

“We felt like our defense stepped in front of them and kept them from doing anything productive with the ball,” Mason said. “We challenged our defense to no more scores at half and they responded very well.”

With 2:10 left in the game the Lady Broncos were cruising to a victory when Madison Brackett got into a scuffle and was given a red card. Brackett will miss at least two games because of the red card and Mustang will be without some experience on the defensive line until Brackett’s return.

“No doubt her experience helps a lot,” Mason said. “We have a little depth in that position though.”

Last year Yukon defeated Mustang 3-1. The memory was swept clean last Friday night in Mustang’s season opener.

“That was part of the motivation,” Mason said.

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