TRINITY — Mitchell edged St. Petersburg 4-3 Wednesday to secure a berth in the Class 6A District 7 final.
"We didn't play our best, but a win is a win and we are through and that is the good part; we get to play Friday," Mustangs coach Oscar Ubillus said.
Much of the game consisted of midfield scrums, and when a team did break away there was a pretty good chance they would score. Between the two keepers, only 11 shots were stopped.
"Four to three? No. Three to one at the max but 4-3 no," Ubillus said. "As you can see, little defending set pieces and dead balls killed us tonight. I don't think there were many other chances than that. They made it tough on us."
The Mustangs scored their first two goals off corner kicks, while the Green Devils scored all of their goals on set plays.
"It was a game of set pieces and marking on both sides was not great, especially on our part, but we will take the win," Ubillus said.
The teams traded goals throughout with Mitchell striking first in the 12th minute then St. Petersburg in the 22nd, then Mitchell once more in the 54th. The Green Devils were the first to put in back-to-back goals, one in the 57th minute and one in the 67th.
Junior forward Jason Leslie was the first Mustang to score outside the context of a corner and he did it in flashy fashion, putting an unassisted 22-yarder in the back of the net in the 68th minute to tie it.
"I was so happy, I was about to cry it was so good," Leslie said.
The go-ahead goal went to junior forward David Vasquez in the 71st minute.
The Mustangs face Gaither, a 1-0 winner over Sickles, on Friday.