Scoring the first five goals of the contest April 12 against conference foe Prairie View (0-8, 0-2 in conference) Mountain Range (6-3, 1-1 in conference) never looked back in winning their fifth game …
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Scoring the first five goals of the contest April 12 against conference foe Prairie View (0-8, 0-2 in conference) Mountain Range (6-3, 1-1 in conference) never looked back in winning their fifth game in their last six tries, 16-3.
“We really like to feed off of our momentum and getting a couple of goals early on really helps us control the flow of the game,” Mountain Range coach Ethan LaHoda said postgame. “It also allows us to get a lot of guys into the game and get into the swing of things. We brought the energy today, and I’m really proud of the guys.”
Scoring the first five scores, seniors Kaden Shepherd (2), Ryan Reffel, Travis Hitt and freshman Jack Colwell had the Mustangs’ offense rolling the first seven minutes and 10 seconds of the affair. Prairie View finally scored their first goal with 24 seconds left in the first on a goal from junior Benjamin William-Thomas.
With four more goals before halftime from MR’s Reffel, senior Connor Jacobs, senior Zach Pfannenstiel, and Hitt, the home team’s lead extended to seven going to the second half. That’s all the cushion Mountain Range and their stellar defense needed.
Allowing just a hand-full of shots in the second half, MR, led by their senior leader and defender Logan Dellinger, showcased the physicality and tenacious nature that held the Thunderhawks’ to limited possession time. Only one shot eluded junior goalie Seth Doyle the final 24 minutes.
“Logan Dillinger is one of the leaders of the defense. He’s super vocal, has a lot of energy and directs traffic. He gets the guys excited to play by setting the tone with his energy and his hustle,” LaHoda said.
With some more offense sprinkled in, scoring three times a piece in the second half for the Mustangs Reffel and Pfannenstiel (three goals in the third quarter) led the athletic group to more scoring chances. Despite only one goal in the fourth (Reffel, 3:32 remaining), the Mustangs converted six goals in the third quarter to space out their lead.
With four of their six scheduled games remaining against non-conference opponents, the Mustangs will have their work cut out for them as LaHoda is hopeful in continuing play at a high level.
“It’s one game at a time, and we really like where we are at. We feel like we have a good chance to make a run. Looking forward to some more tough games.”
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