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NEW PORT RICHEY — For a good portion of Mitchell’s match against Ridgewood on Tuesday, the defending Class 4A champion had its back against the wall.
A couple early blunders put Mitchell in the hole, but in the final minutes a goal from Will Scott ignited a comeback, and two goals from Codi Folsom helped lift the Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Rams at Ram Booster Stadium.
“This is a good way to start off the season,” Mitchell coach Oscar Ubillus said. “The main thing I ask these guys is I’m not expecting them to pick up from where we left off from last season. I just expect them to get better with every game.”
Ridgewood took the early advantage off a Travis Lord penalty kick in the 11th minute. Less than three minutes later Mitchell had its own penalty opportunity, but Brendan Ross’ kick was knocked away by Rams keeper Corbyn Cochran (six saves). Mitchell tied the game off a Folsom goal in the 26th minute.
In the 50th minute, the Rams took the lead again on a loose ball in the box knocked in by senior Sergio Velasquez. But in the final 10 minutes of play, Mitchell began to claw its way back on a goal by Scott with 5:28 left. Folsom scored the clincher in stoppage time on a pass from Mihaylo Petrovich.
“I have a great knack for the ball and when I turned my head, there was the ball and I knocked it in,” Folsom said.