Spartans tame Mustangs

Spartan’s victory over Marquette motivates team for districts

Elaine Mallon

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On Oct 22, the varsity soccer team defeated the Marquette Mustangs in the last regular season game. Scoring 2 to 1, the Spartans were matched with strong opponents.  According to Junior Nathan Smith, the victory over the Mustangs revealed the team’s true intensity.

“We knew Marquette was a strong team.  Since we beat them in last year’s Quarterfinals, Thursday night was a pretty big game,” Smith revealed,  “We knew it was going to be physical.  We had to adjust to that by tackling harder.”

After the first seven minutes, Sophomore Caleb Mundle scored the first goal from a pass made by senior Kyle Setchfield.  According to senior Blaise Bachman, the goal set the tone for the rest of the game.

The rest of the  first half consisted of a great deal of  aggressive tackles made by both defense and midfielders.  Mundle believed senior Armen Grigorin was a key defender for the game.

“He’s quiet, but when you watch him play, he’s always an aggressive player.  He always wins the ball.  I think people look at him and want to play like he does,” Mundle said.

During the second half, Marquette tied up the score.  Time was running short for the Spartans, but Sophomore Logan Morris came to the rescue.  With less than ten minutes left, Morris sprinted down the field and passed the ball to Senior Cameron Webb.  Webb scored the winning goal for the game.

As for districts, the team takes their victory over Marquette as a good practice.  The Spartans  will first face off against Fort Zumwalt North.  According to Smith,  Fort Zumwalt North’s playing style is quite similar to Marquette’s.  

 “Zumwalt North plays fast, and they have a good record.  They are strong opponents, so we are ready to work hard, and play fast. Just play smart,”Smith said.