Mustangs Dig Deep to Earn Tie Against Sacred Heart

Gordie MacKenzie
Dropping the last two contests, the Lady Mustangs looked to get back on the winning column has they played host to Sacred Heart. Both teams came together with very similar style of play - possess and create. Millbrook would get on the scoreboard first at the 29:35 mark when Jalia Musah 21' carried the ball down the left side and served a cross into the box where Bailey Tymeson '20 was on the other end to put the ball into the back of the net. Musah would find herself with another chance to add to the score sheet when she found herself with Heart's keeper (Spiegel) but unfortunately mis-hit her shot and Spiegel made the save. Both teams would continue the mid-field battle for the ball when at the 18:22 mark, Heart would serve a crossing ball of their own into the box where after a couple of failed clears, Walker was able to slip the ball into the net for the tying score.  Walker would add a second tally 8 minutes later after a miscommunication in Millbrook's backfield. The girls would regroup and looked to tie up the game themselves. At roughly 8 minutes remaining in the first half, Suwaibatu Mohammed '19 and a Sacred Heart player came together on a challenge - the Heart player would foul Mohammed, but according to the referee, after the collision, the official gave Mohammed a red card for "intentionally" kicking the Heart player in the head; neither those watching from the sidelines (nor the Heart player herself) believed Mohammed intentionally kicked the Heart player. Needless to say, Millbrook would play a player short for the rest of the game - the first red card of a Millbrook player since this coach has coached the team (31 years). The half would end with Sacred Heart holding onto the 2-1 lead.

With Mohammed out of the line-up, Millbrook took the field for the 2nd half with a slightly different formation.  Heart would try to add to their lead, but Millbrook's defensive unit of Lizzy Carter '18, Emily Cumming '18, Adelaide Armah '19, Greta Garschagen '19, and keeper Elise Almgren '20, would hold Heart to just 3 shots.  Going in other direction, Millbrook dug deep and worked hard to possess the ball and create some chances. Besides the continuous pressure of Musah on Heart's backline, the midfield play of Carolyn Whitney '19, Anni Elwell '18, Gabby Sartori '18, Lizzy Chamberline '19, Ale Grenedene '18, and Tymeson was tremendous. With less than 15 minutes remaining in the game, Millbrook would make another adjustment in order to get on the scoreboard.  At 7:31, Musah would recieve a threw ball down the right side of the field, dribbled around a couple of Heart defenders, and then delivered another crossing ball to the back post where this time Sartori would run onto the serve and one time the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer. Heart worked hard to regain the lead, but time would run-out, and given the situation, Millbrook was pleased to walk-off with a tie. The coaches could not have been more pleased with the total play of the team - rather than throw-inn the towel, the girls decided to show those watching what kind of team they truly are.

The Lady Mustangs return to Class C play when they host Miss Halls on Wednesday.