Mustangs girls booted from soccer playoffs

Corinne Kasten – Mustangs Ahead

Sports(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS girls varsity soccer team lost a high intensity quarter regional-final Tuesday night against Palm Harbor 1-0.

With 15 minutes left in the game, a Palm Harbor player blasted a shot. The ball ricocheted off Mustang junior goalkeeper Heather Jones, and found the opposing forward, who put it in the back of the net.

“I’m so proud of how the girls performed, everyone stepped on the field and gave it their 100% and as a coach that’s all I can ask for. Our defense did a tremendous job holding off some of their key players,” reflected Head Coach Delaney Riggins after the match.

Palm Harbor is ranked ninth in the state and 30th in the nation, with a record of 14-1-1.

Although the girls lost, it was a relatively even game throughout. Both teams had many close opportunities, such as hitting the crossbar and just barely missing the net.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way this time,” said Riggins, “but I have no doubt that our future is bright. I’m aiming for another district title and hopefully a longer road to states. We have the talent and if we keep moving forward in this direction, I have no doubt our team will be very successful.”

The Mustangs finished with a record of 13-3.

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