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Wed. January 5, 2011 | Andy Villamarzo

TRINITY — There have been few teams in the past several years able to score multiple goals against Mitchell.

With several defensive starters out for the Mustangs on Wednesday night, they would find themselves on a high being up 3-0 at halftime over Springstead to barely slipping out of Mustang Field with a 4-3 victory over the feisty Eagles.

“We needed to stay focused in the second half but we didn’t,” Mitchell coach Karl Kukec said. “We started to make some substitutions in the second half and it ended up coming back to bite us.

“But that’s soccer sometimes. You’re up 3-0 and the other team could  come back.”

Mitchell jumped out to a seemingly safe 3-0 lead, highlighted by Arielle Anahory’s opening goal to give the Mustangs an early 1-0 advantage. The Mustangs held an 11-2 edge in shots on goal in the first half.

With Mitchell emptying its bench in the second half, Springstead took advantage and in the 50th minute got its first goal from Kayla Montealegre. No less than 12 minutes later, forward Tara-Lyn Vasquez scored to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 3-2.

The equalizer would be the most impressive goal, as Alyson Brady launched a free kick from 30 yards and landed it in the back of the net. Anahory, though, bailed out Mitchell and with four minutes left, got behind the Eagles’ defense to knock home the winner past goalkeeper Monica Vega (seven saves).

“I’m very happy with the way my team played tonight,” Springstead coach Polo Furlong said. “This game will help us a lot down the road, even though it’s a loss. Mitchell is a good team and we did a good job tonight.”

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