By Jeffery Armstrong
The Mundy's Mill girls soccer team secured a couple of "firsts" in its 3-0 win over the Mt. Zion Lady Bulldogs Wednesday evening at Mundy's Mill High.
The Lady Tigers won their first game of the season and Lady Tiger player Jasmine Barajas scored her first goal of the season. Barajas was so excited when she scored her goal she ran off the field and hugged one of her teammates on the bench.
"It felt real good to get a goal outside of practice," said Barajas, a freshman junior varsity player. "It feels good to win our first game of the year. The varsity needed players for this game so I was able to get a chance to play."
Another JV player who contributed to Mundy's Mill's win was sophomore Shara Greene, who scored twice on Wednesday to give her four goals on the year.
Greene scored the first goal of the game at the 29:00 minute mark and that was followed by Barajas' goal 18 minutes later for a 2-0 lead.
Mt. Zion, still looking for its first win of the season, played hard throughout the game.
The Lady Bulldogs had two shots to cut the lead to one, but both shots went wide of the goal post. Mundy's Mill (1-3) led 2-0 at the half.
The second half featured good plays on both sides, especially from goal keepers Amber Jones of Mt. Zion and Victoria Cooper of Mundy's Mill. Mt. Zion did a good job of getting shots on goal in the second half. P.J. Herron did a good job of getting the ball to Mt. Zion forwards Tatiana Noel and Unwanaobong Udoko, but they just couldn't score. Also playing well for Mt. Zion were Ingrid Montes and Anaka Valeka, who also got the ball to players to get in position to score.
Mundy's Mill was stymied by Mt. Zion's defense until late in the second half. That's when Lady Tiger players Claudia Maldonado, Amanda Williams and Karla Bonilla did a great job of getting the ball downfield to Greene. At the 13:00 minute mark, Greene found herself in the open and made a nice fake on Jones to score and give Mundy's Mill the 3-0 lead.
Greene left the game a few minutes later after re-aggravating her hamstring.
"We have improved 100 percent since last year. Some of our JV girls were able to move up and help us tonight," said Mundy's Mill head coach Stacy Shamlin. "The girls played off-season rec ball and I think that's helped them make dramatic improvements."