It was a mixed bag of results for the DC-G boys’ soccer team Saturday, April 6 as they took on the Dowling Catholic Invitational held at Dowling Catholic High School.
The Mustangs took on a two-game set, facing off against Des Moines Roosevelt in their first match-up, then followed that up with a one-on-one with host Dowling Catholic in the afternoon contest. DC-G bested Roosevelt in penalty kick fashion but fell to a tough Maroons squad 5-2 in the finale.
In the opener against Roosevelt, defense reigned supreme as neither side could find the back of the opposing net, forcing the contest to head into overtime. The Mustangs were then put into a situation that head coach Collin Lane has been working with his team on, and feels pretty good about.
“We’ve been working a lot on in game situations late in games,” started Lane. “I feel as though we have the conditioning down and know how to precisely execute the offense late in order to win games. We are good about staying consistent without spacing especially late in games when we need them the most. Also, we’ve really been working on the technical side of our shooting and I feel that will help us out a ton as we move throughout the season.”
In the initial overtime frame, both sides still couldn’t muster up enough offense for a goal, which eventually led to the ever decisive penalty kick frame. In the penalty kick frame, the Mustangs managed to pull out the win 4-2.
The following contest did not fare out as well for the Mustangs who watched host Dowling Catholic post up five goals en route to a 5-2 win. Despite what the overall score said, it was a solid defensive night for the Mustang defense, including Brennon Woody who posted nine saves on the night out of over ten shots taken. The normally potent Mustang offense was held in check for the most part with just three shots on goal and five shots total. In the end, DC-G did manage two goals, courtesy of Rancy Freeman with his second goal of the season and Noah Webster with his third goal of the 2019 campaign.
The next bout of competitive action for the Mustangs will come on Tuesday, April 9 as they welcome in Oskaloosa for a one-on-one contest. The meet will begin from DC-G Stadium at 5:30 p.m. for JV, and 7:00 p.m. for varsity.