After opening the season with a solid win against a competitive Holy Redeemer team, the boys came into this past weekend with two games in twelve hours staring them in their faces. This nucleus of players seems to engage in a Friday night battle every season and this past Friday was no different. Our opponent, Little Flower, always has a competitive team and many of their players contributed to the JV title last season. Both teams came out ready to test the other. The game was fast and there were battles all over the field. After the Mustangs couldn't convert early, Little Flower capitalized on an errant pass and went up 1-0. The teams continued to battle with the Mustangs getting a number of opportunities that they just couldn't convert. Finally, Jonathan Yowell took a pass from Roman Mychajilw, drove to the left edge of the box and rocketed a shot to the far corner of the goal. The game went to halftime tied at 1-1. In the second half, the physical play continued. The Mustangs had several opportunities but hit a couple of posts or shot the ball over the cross bar. Finally, they broke through again when super sub Daniel De Lude put home a rebound after his first shot was turned away. Little Flower didn't back down and tied the game a few moments later at 2. The Mustangs continued to apply pressure but couldn't find the back of the net. Finally, in the closing minutes, Aidan Rafferty sent a beautiful through ball to Yowell who outraced his defender and beat the goalkeeper to the ball to put the Mustangs up 3-2. And that's the way things ended. The team showed tremendous character in this game. It was highly competitive and a bit chippy at times but they kept their cool and played the game and came out on top.
After Friday night's exciting match, the boys went home, grabbed a few hours of sleep and showed up bright and early to take on St. Andrew. They could have easily come out and fallen flat but to their credit they went out and took care of business winning the game 9-1. Jonathan Yowell (2), Roman Mychajilw (2), Brendan Shea, Aidan Rafferty, Zachary Merkle, Alex Castro-Conroy, and Brenden Pauline all had goals for the Mustangs. Primary assists came from Liam McCarthy, Enzo Ekouevi, Patrick Vasallo, Nicholas Laffey, Rafferty and Castro-Conroy. The great thing about this match was everyone was able to contribute a good deal and players got opportunities to play new positions. With the victory, the Mustangs improved to 3-0 on the season.