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Mitchell girls soccer team remains unbeaten

The Mustangs move to 11-0 after topping Wesley Chapel 6-2.
Mitchell senior Brianna Wiik, left, gets a hug from junior Eva Pitkoff moments after Wiik buried the first goal of the game Thursday night at Wesley Chapel. With 15 minutes left in the game, Mitchell held a 5-2 lead. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published Jan. 11

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mitchell's girls soccer team gave up two goals Thursday night, which is at least a little news because the Mustangs had given up only two goals in their previous 10 games combined.

No worries, though, because Mitchell also scored six goals, giving the Mustangs a 6-2 victory over Wesley Chapel — and preserving an undefeated record at 11-0.

For the season, Mitchell has now outscored its opponents by a combined 63-4, and on Thursday it was more of the usual suspects gathering the scores: Brianna Wiik in the 25th minute, Eva Pitkoff in the 30th, Ashley Grisley in the 48th, Aja Graham 54th and 63rd and Wiik again in the 71st.

Afterward, Mitchell coach David Phillips said he appreciated Wesley Chapel's fight, especially at the beginning of the game when the Wildcats (10-3-2) kept it a scoreless tie through the first 25 minutes.

"Several times this season we've scored one or two goals in the first few minutes and that has immediately changed the complexion of the game," Phillips said. "But tonight was a little different because it took a while before we got those first goals."

With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Wesley Chapel made it much more interesting when Heather Sefton scored the first of her two goals, chipping the ball into the back of the net after it ricocheted off a few defenders.

The score stayed 2-1 through the first eight minutes of the second half before Grisley broke free and rifled the Mustangs third goal.

Sefton cut the gap to 4-2 with a long-range goal in the 58th minute but that's as close as the Wildcats got the rest of the way.