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Alina Magruder celebrates after scoring at Norman on Tuesday night during the first-round of the playoffs. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)

By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

NORMAN – The Lady Broncos have heard “crash the box”, “follow your shot”, and “crash the keeper” more times that they can count, but when Alina Magruder followed a shot it rewarded the girls tremendously in a very physical soccer match.

Mustang coach Mike Mason has preached to Mustang about following their shots. In the first round of the playoffs at Norman on Tuesday the Lady Broncos were awarded with the lone goal of the game after 78:40 of play. Magruder followed the free kick from Lexi Jones and Magruder was able to put away the only goal of the elimination match which sent Mustang to a 1-0 victory and a shot at Norman North in the quarter-finals.

“Our coach [Mason] just kept telling us to follow our shots so I saw Lexi [Jones] drawback for the shot and it just bounced back and I just passed it right in,” Magruder said, recalling the lone goal of the game. “It was a team effort. Our goal is to keep pressuring and keep attacking until we get some goals in.”

The wind gave the advantage in the first half to the Lady Tigers but in the final 40 minutes Norman goalie Hannah Mohr could not keep Mustang out of the goal.

Mustang outshot Norman 16-6 on frame.

Norman did have some chances to score but good goalkeeper play from the Mustang keeper tandem of Brandi Hutchison and Abby Karbs gave the girls a shutout, alongside help from MHS’ defense.

At the start of the second half Norman was awarded a free kick after Asha Haile was fouled inside of Mustang’s box. Norman’s Lauren Goodman took the penalty shot and luckily for Mustang Goodman’s shot hit the left upright and bounced harmlessly into Karbs’ arms.

“I can’t say enough about the goalkeepers, both of them,” Mustang coach Mike Mason said.

Mustang will go to Norman North on Friday at 6 p.m. for a rematch, but this time the stakes are much higher. The Lady Broncos fell at Norman North 1-0 on April 16. In the first meeting Mustang was without Anna Crawford and Micaela Fox, two of MHS’ top midfielders. On Friday Crawford will be back on the pitch but without Fox who suffered a season ending ankle injury.

Norman North earned their way into the quarter-finals with a demanding 6-0 victory over Southmoore.

“They’re [Norman North] extremely fast and have really great touch on the ball. These girls are very well skilled,” Mason said. “I think our chances are every bit as good as theirs. I have a very positive feeling about it.”

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