TRINITY — Eight shots and nothing to show for it was part of Mitchell's first-half woes.
But in the second half Thursday the Mustangs shot nine times and three ended up in the back of the net, as Mitchell defeated East Bay (12-7-3) 3-0 at Mustang Stadium in a 6A region quarterfinals matchup.
"We are not going to celebrate too much because I think we can go further," Mitchell coach Oscar Ubillus said. "After a little talk at halftime and a change in attitude and wanting the game more was all we needed.
"After we scored that first goal we knew we could score more."
Scoring goals was nonexistent in the first half, as both teams struggled to get good shots on goal.
In the second half, the Mustangs' David Vasquez scored the first goal in the 52nd minute, after teammate Bryan Oliveros (one goal, two assists) set up Vasquez (two goals) to score past Indians goalkeeper Derrick Miranda for the 1-0 lead.
The goal caused a domino effect, as two goals followed less than 12 minutes later and less than a minute apart.
Mitchell (14-12-1) captured its ninth shutout of the season and also outshot East Bay for the game 17-4 and to add to the Indians' frustration, coach Jonathan Drake received a yellow card with 7:57 to go for arguing with officials.