After starting out the season 0-4, Trout Lake's boys soccer team has gone 1-1-2 in its last four matches.
The Mustangs got the win Monday, defeating the visiting Grant junior varsity from Portland, Ore., 3-1.
Tim Dearden put Trout Lake on top, 1-0, ripping a bullet into the upper left corner in the sixth minute off an assist by Mikail Dick-Schmid.
Trout Lake held that advantage through the rest of the first half and until the eighth minute of the second when Grant scored on a breakaway.
After several missed opportunities by both teams, Trout Lake's Dale Dick split two Grant defenders and put the ball into the back of the net in the 64th minute for a 2-1 Mustangs edge.
Trout Lake added to its lead in the 75th minute when Kris Wood, playing his first game as striker, took a pass from Dick-Schmid and beat Grant's keeper for his first goal in a Mustangs uniform.
At Lincoln JV 1, Trout Lake 1 --
A goal by Dale Dick in the 65th minute last Friday tied the match played in Portland. The assist went to Karn Junnoi.
"Both teams had a lot of opportunities to win this one, but seemed to miss the mark," noted Mustangs Coach Doug Dearden.
Lincoln scored in the 41st minute on a cross and one-touch shot into the corner that beat Trout Lake keeper Kris Wood, who finished with four saves.
At Riverside Christian 7, Trout Lake 0 --
The Crusaders scored early and often Sept. 20, spoiling the Mustangs' bid for a victory in their Greater Columbia B League opener.
Dearden said the Mustangs did not play with the energy and enthusiasm they had in their previous match against Horizon Christian, which ended in a scoreless draw.
"When you play a defensive strategy and the other squad scores early in the game, morale goes down and things head south fast," Dearden said. "The only excuse I can muster in the defense of our team is that it was our fourth game in five days, and all of these games were on the road."