By Luke Sullivan | Staff Writer
The men’s soccer season concluded on Tuesday, April 8, in Wildcat-Ram stadium at Lake Highlands High School. The Mustangs lost 3-2 in the third round of the playoffs to McKinney Boyd High School.
The game was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., but because the teams playing before them went into overtime, the game wasn’t able to kick off until 8:45. The Mustangs came out strong, scoring first with a goal by junior Danny Garcia, but immediately Boyd equalized. After another Mustang goal by senior Jimmy Valley, Boyd found another way to equalize near the end of the first half, making it 2-2. In the second half, the lone goal went to Boyd, which proved enough to be the winner.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs last season, the Mustangs felt they had a productive year. “We had an excellent season and, unlike last year, our team’s chemistry is what made us,” defender Joe Pogostin said. “We worked really well as a unit.”
“It was a tough way for the season to end like that,” captain Grayson Knox said. “I’m proud of our team’s performance. We really came together this season, which we never could do last season. It’s a bittersweet way to go out, but we were lucky enough to make it to the playoffs, let alone go three rounds deep.”
Not only did the soccer team go deep in the state 5A playoffs, but they also fared well in tournament play, winning one game and placing third in another. “Winning a tournament was a great feeling because we got to bring the trophy back to Pearce,” senior Harrison Young said. “Now we’ll always be remembered.”
The Mustangs will look to make a strong return next season with a handful of junior starters and role players returning for their senior year season.