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4A Soccer: Mitchell's run ends at Melbourne

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Published:   |   Updated: February 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM

MELBOURNE — If Mitchell coach Oscar Ubillus could imagine a team that was essentially kryptonite to this year's Mustangs, it would look a lot like the one fielded by Melbourne High.

The Bulldogs' size and physicality proved too much Friday night as Melbourne sent Mitchell packing with a 3-0 Class 4A Region 2 final victory.

“If I had to pick a team that can check off everything that is a worst matchup for us, this is it,” Ubillus said. “They were great in the air and that's probably our weakest point. That was a huge difference, but obviously they're a good team. They knew how to take us out of our game.”

Melbourne (22-1-1) jumped on Mitchell early when Reid Ferguson headed in an assist from Micah Smoak during the 5th minute. The Mustangs continued to struggle winning 50-50 balls and the Bulldogs just kept on applying near-constant pressure.

“We were lucky to be down 1-0 at halftime,” Ubillus said of Mitchell's ability to keep Melbourne from running away. “We were a little shell-shocked but we played a lot better in the second half. We just ran up against a team that was bigger, stronger, faster.”

Owen Tworkowski put Melbourne up 2-0 four minutes into the second half and Jamie Carlson iced the game in the 76th.

Sustaining attacks was a struggle for Mitchell all night and a number of second-half set piece opportunities failed to produce a shot on goal. The Mustangs' best second-half look came in the 57th on Alex Hernandez's straight-on free kick from 20 yards out, but Melbourne's wall stuffed the shot.

The loss denied Mitchell a berth in its second state semifinal appearance. The Mustangs won the Class 4A championship in 2010.

“Our guys had a great year; the second-best year we've ever had here,” Ubillus said. “You don't just win 22 games. It was a fantastic year and I'm proud of them.”

BOX SCORE:

MIT – 0 - 0 --- 0

MEL – 1 - 2 --- 3

SCORING:

Mitchell (22-4-1)

N/A

Melbourne (22-1-1)

5' – Reid Ferguson – Goal (Assist: Micah Smoak)

44' – Owen Tworkowski – Goal (Assist: Micah Smoak)

76' – Jamie Carlson – Goal (Assist: Spencer Tworkowski)

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