Mus­tangs’ Win Streak Con­tin­ues

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Rick Peck

Wins over East New­ton and Cassville last week gave the McDon­ald County High School base­ball team its sec­ond four-game win­ning streak of the

sea­son.

The McDon­ald County High School girls’ soc­cer team re­mains win­less, but it gets closer to break­ing into the win col­umn with each out­ing.

The Lady Mus­tangs’ lat­est loss was a 2-1 de­ci­sion to Monett in a match that came down to penalty kicks af­ter the teams tied 1-1 at the end of reg­u­la­tion and two 10-minute over­time pe­ri­ods.

Monett took a 1-0 lead in the first half, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a strong south wind on April 12 at MCHS to score at the 23 minute mark.

McDon­ald County goalie Nikki Salas kept the score close dur­ing the first half, record­ing four saves in the first 40 min­utes.

McDon­ald County man­aged just one shot on goal the first half while fight­ing a 20-30 m.p.h. wind, but started the sec­ond half with sev­eral scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Af­ter a cou­ple near misses, fresh­man Azlen Smith knocked in a re­bound of a shot by sopho­more Nau­tica Gu­tier­rez at the 16-minute mark of the sec­ond half to tie the match.

Nei­ther team was able to score in the re­main­der of reg­u­la­tion play or in the two 10-minute over­time pe­ri­ods, to send the match to penalty kicks to break the tie.

Both teams missed their first penalty kicks be­fore Smith put the Lady Mus­tangs up 1-0. Monett tied on its next shot and then went on to claim a 3-1 edge in penalty kicks for the 2-1 win.

McDon­ald County falls to 0-4 for the sea­son head­ing into its April 19 match at Spring­field Catholic.

Au­rora

McDon­ald County dropped a 3-2 de­ci­sion to Au­rora on April 10 at Au­rora High School.

Gu­tier­rez scored the Lady Mus­tangs’ first goal from an as­sist by Kaycee Fac­tor.

Karla Barreda scored McDon­ald County’s sec­ond goal with an as­sist from Ava Smith.

In the ju­nior var­sity match, McDon­ald County claimed a 3-0 de­ci­sion. Fac­tor, Azlen Smith and Alexia Estrada had goals for the Lady Mus­tangs while Les­lie Yousey had an as­sist.

RICK PECK/SPE­CIAL TO MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

McDon­ald County’s Nau­tica Gu­tier­rez (8) shoots dur­ing the Lady Mus­tangs’ 2-1 loss to the Monett on April 12 at MCHS. Gu­tier­rez’s shot got blocked but team­mate Azlen Smith (2) was there to knock in the re­bound.

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