OAK PARK HEIGHTS — A stronger performance in the second half was still not enough to overtake Mounds View on Thursday as Stillwater fell to the Mustangs 1-0 in a Suburban East Conference girls’ soccer game at Pony Stadium.
The Mustangs (2-0 SEC, 3-0) remained one of three undefeated conference teams early this season after handing Stillwater (1-1, 2-2) its first loss in league play.
“Obviously we now have our work cut out for us, but at the same time it’s one loss at this point and we can still control our own destiny,” Ponies coach Mike Huber said. “Even though it’s a loss, being that Mounds View is one of those teams that will contend, anybody can beat anybody and we just need to come out against those other conference teams that are in the mix and hopefully come out on top.”
Mounds View held a 10-8 edge in shots on goal and Emmy Michaelson provided the game’s only goal at 25:17 of the first half after beating two defenders and firing a shot inside the near post from about 10 yards out.
“When you play a good team like that, there’s not going to be a lot of opportunities either way,” Huber said. “Neither team had a lot of opportunities, they just happened to capitalized on one they had. We had a couple of crosses where we had a chance to head one in or in front of the goal, but didn’t capitalize.”
The Ponies remained aggressive — so much so, they were called for 15 fouls compared to just six for Mounds View.
“I was glad to see that we were aggressive and at the same time we need to be smart about that,” Huber said. “I still like to see us go hard and be physical and aggressive.”
Megan Holthaus finished with nine saves in goal for the Ponies while Mounds View’s Erika Johnson turned away 10 shots to record the shutout.
“I think, especially in the first half with the wet grass, we just didn’t adjust to it very well,” Huber said. “The second half we played much stronger and started playing the ball at peoples’ feet and not putting it in space and letting it skip past. We had much better possession in the second half.”
Mounds View 1 0 — 1
Stillwater 0 0 — 0
MV — 25:17 — Emmy Michaelson (unassisted)
Shots on goal — MV: 10; St: 8.
Corner kicks — MV: 2; St: 2.
Fouls — MV: 6; St: 15.
Goalie saves — MV: Erika Johnson 8; St: Megan Holthaus 9.