Mustangs down Royals 4-1 to begin region action

<strong>ROY—</strong>The Mountain Crest girl’s soccer team opened up Region 5 play in fine form Tuesday, as they traveled to Roy and used a second half spurt to defeat the Royals, 4-1. Karlee Campbell scored two goals – one in each half – to lead the Mustangs.

The Mustangs (4-3, 1-0) had an up and down preseason as they played some tough teams and struggled to finish games. MC head coach Dennis Giles though said he wanted it that way.

We played some pretty good teams. I wanted to play some pretty good teams, I wanted to see where these kids were stacking up,” Giles said. “If you can learn from it and not come out with too many injuries and keep going, I think it’s great.”

Mountain Crest got things going early, as Annie Nalder found Campbell for a score in the sixth minute. That would be the only score for either team in the first half, as the Mustangs took a 1-0 advantage into the intermission.

After nearly 20 minutes of action in the second half, that’s when things began to get interesting. Karly Richens assisted on all three second half goals for the Mustangs, including back-to-back goals in the 58th and 59th minutes. Michaela Larsen scored the first goal, followed by Campbell.

Trailing 3-0, the Royals responded quickly, as Taryn Davies put Roy on the board in the 60th minute to continue the scoring barrage. The home team would get no closer though, and MC’s Madi Cutler added some insurance for Mountain Crest with a goal in 74th minute.

“We were passing well and they were chasing, I think they got tired. I think if you wear them out then you’ve got a chance to go after them if you’re in pretty good shape,” Giles said. “We were moving kids in and out, trying to keep them fresh, and I think it worked.”

The Mustangs now get to return to the valley, but hit the road again as they take on rival Logan. The Grizzlies battled to a double overtime 0-0 tie with Sky View Tuesday night.

“There’s always good competition there, because they like to come play us,” Giles said of the Grizzlies. “We’ve got to be ready, and I think the kids will be.”

That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Logan High School. 

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