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Mustangs suffer final minute heart-breaker

By: Ryan B. Winner

Reid Hawkins scored both goals for the Mustangs but the defense surrendered three goals in the loss.

Reid Hawkins scored both goals for the Mustangs but the defense surrendered three goals in the loss.

The luck was not in the Mustangs’ favor, as the Stevenson men’s soccer team suffered a heartbreaking final minute loss to the Lancaster Bible Chargers, 3-2. Stevenson has dropped to 1-3 on the year, a very slow start.

One of the biggest bright spots on the Mustangs was midfielder Reid Hawkins, who scored both goals for the team. Almost an hour into the game, Hawkins nailed a penalty kick after midfielder Iliyas Mirza was fouled while trying to score. Hawkins fooled the goalie, feigning right but kicking left. His second goal was a thing of beauty. From the corner, midfielder Andrew Catalana sent a kick flying towards the middle of the field. Hawkins jumped up, hit it off the side of his head, and spun it into the goal to take the 2-1 lead.

Stevenson’s main issue in the game was the lack of good shots on goal. Taking four more shots than Lancaster Bible, the Mustangs were unable to make those shots count. Too many were taken from just past midfield and from the corners, and the balls sailed high or went straight to the goalie. Stevenson has to find a way to increase their effectiveness on offense, because they botched a lot of good opportunity with poor decisions and poor shots.

Midfielder Josiah Groff, who scored the final goal and had five shots total, led Lancaster Bible’s attack. Despite taking four less shots than the Mustangs, the Chargers were able to make 25-percent of them (3-for-12). The Chargers got numerous good looks, and were able to capitalize multiple times, including drawing a breakaway foul late in the second half. That led to a penalty kick, which forward Edward Bills was able to place just over the goalie’s head to tie the game up.

With just over a minute left in the game, Bills passed the ball to Groff, who knocked it in for the go-ahead score. Stevenson was unable to answer, and the heartbreak ensued.

Stevenson Head Coach John Plevyak declined an interview.

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Ryan Winner is a dedicated sports fan who grew up watching all types of sports. He is an avid Ravens, Orioles, and Heat fan, and follows those teams closely. His dream is to one day make it in sports journalism field. He will be covering Stevenson sports, as well as writing commentaries for SoMuchSports.com

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