The Dallas Center-Grimes Mustangs played the Perry Bluejays on Thursday, May 4. The Mustangs took home a loss when the Bluejays won 3-1.
The game started out even with neither team taking control of the ball too much longer than the other. In the beginning fouls were called against the Mustangs and the Bluejays, but few shots were taken until Mustangs’ Marcus Rosenbeck took a shot that was saved by the Bluejays.
Finally, at the 23 minute mark, the first goal was made. Mustang Tucker Kiley took the shot that slid past the Bluejays’ keeper Anthony Aragon.
The Bluejays immediately came back when Alex Castenada sent a pass to Jesus Rodriguez who made the first Bluejay goal. The goal came just one minute after the Mustangs’ goal.
A few trips up and down the field, a couple more fouls and a free kick later, there was just 17 minutes left in the first half.
Bluejay Alexis Macias took advantage of a high flying pass sent from Cristian Guardado with a header that flew into the back of the net. The Bluejays now led the game 2-1.
Following Macias’ goal, the Mustangs restarted the game, but the Bluejays took control of the ball once more. It wasn’t until a foul was called that the Mustangs gained the ball back. The free kick the Mustangs’ were given just missed the net.
Two more close shots were made to end the half, one by Mustang Josh Holiday and one by Rodriguez. When the time ran out on the first half, the Bluejays still led 2-1.
The Mustangs began the second half with the ball, but the Bluejays quickly took possession. Just seven minutes in, Rodriguez made his second goal of the game and finished the score at 3-1.
The Mustangs picked up their defense and gained more control of the ball throughout the rest of the second half. Even with the Mustangs shooting more often, they just couldn’t get the ball to go into the net.
“We know Perry is a good team, and we’re a work in progress still even this late in the season,” said Mustang coach Scott Newel. “We’ve moved some players around and we’re starting to see some positive things, we just need to capitalize on our opportunities. They took advantage of the mistakes we made and that’s the difference in the game right there. We obviously want improve each game moving forward, we got a lot of work to do.”
The Mustangs lost the game 3-1 and now hold 5-5 record on the season.
“We’ve competed in every single one of our games,” said Newel, “this is the largest deficit we’ve had, a two-goal game, and every other game is a one-goal game. So we just want to get over the hump, we’ve been so close too many times and it’s time to start making some statements in some of these games.”
The Mustangs had a home game on Saturday, May 6 against Ballard at 10:30 a.m.