After a nearly two-week layoff, Trout Lake’s boys soccer team returned to field last Friday against Greater Col-umbia B League opponent Moses Lake Christian Acad-emy in Moses Lake. The long break showed in Trout Lake’s ability to finish off scoring chances, said Mustangs Coach Jeff Baker.
Nonetheless, the Mustangs capitalized on two of those chances — one in each half — and relied on a stingy defense to produce its first league win and second shutout of the 2013 season.
Trout Lake’s unanticipated mid-season hiatus resulted from the cancellation of previously scheduled non-league matches against Wait-sburg-Prescott and Colum-bia Adventist. Baker said the cancellations were “due to scheduling conflicts that prevented those teams from competing.”
The Mustangs (3-4-1 overall) took an 0-2 record into their first of three meetings with the Lions, and Baker was unsure how long it would take his team to knock off the rust.
“Without games, the boys don’t have the practice of attacking a goal under pressure so, while we dominated this game in terms of possession, we were only able to convert twice for a final score of 2-0,” Baker said.
Trout Lake’s first goal, in the 26th minute, was the product of a penalty kick, which James Baker
converted. Its second goal came late in the second half, in the 73rd minute off a set play: Beau Modrich headed in a corner kick by Diego Cortez.
While the Trout Lake offense struggled to find its finishing game, the Mustangs’ defense had things under control for the full 80 minutes. Due to strong performances by defenders Josh Clark, JD Cox, and Ben Valpey, the Mustangs locked down the Lions’ attack, allowing only five shots. Goalkeeper The dominant play of his defensive teammates helped goalkeeper Devin Van Laar earn his second shutout of the season.
Coming up: The Mustangs host the Lions (0-3 in GCB) this weekend for league matches on Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.) at the Trout Lake School. Both teams are chasing Riverside Christian (3-0) of Yakima.