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TRINITY - In the waning minutes of Friday's match, Mitchell keeper Laura Seletos was the last line of defense in the Mustangs' bid for a first district championship. Seletos dove in hard then came up slowly, but her sheet remained clean and her team edged Countryside 1-0.
"We knew this was going to be a very low scoring game," Mitchell coach Karl Kukec said. "But we wanted to be the one that scored the one goal."
The Mustangs defense dominated the pitch, allowing the Cougars only three shots for the entire match, one in the first half. The Mustangs also conceded only two corners during the full 90 minutes.
"I think the defense is definitely the key," Kukec said. "All year we have been scored on 13 times in 22 games. Our defense is very good especially in important games. Our defense steps up and gives our attacking line the chance to score a goal to win the game."
The scoring line got its goal, which turned out to be just enough. Sophomore Shelby Wright put the ball in the net in the 64th minute. Wright found the top shelf, where opposing keeper Cristina Babson was unable to put a finger on it.
Despite the miscue, Babson did her best to keep Countryside in the match. The senior recorded eight saves and faced almost a dozen corners. The Mustangs shot the ball 22 times and found the target nine times, sneaking in the one goal.
Mitchell striker Marisa Russo experienced first hand how effective Babson was. The sophomore took seven shots and found the target five times; each time she was denied.
"I think it's a great achievement," Kukec said. "Our defense is holding up and you know, hey, the offense wins games, the defense wins championships."