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Soccer falls 0-3 to Valor Christian in Quarters. 

Who knows? Maybe it will turn into a sanctioned sport … water soccer.  Mullen’s girls soccer season was washed away on Wednesday night in a storm full of lightning, rain, wind and Valor Christian.

The Mustangs didn’t handle the weather or weather the Eagles, who took a 3-0 home victory in the Class 4A quarterfinals. Valor Christian moved to 16-1 and will meet Jefferson County’s D’Evelyn in the semifinals on Saturday. Mullen ended 12-6.  No, it wasn’t the way Mullen wanted to finish, but there were no excuses even as the inclement weather that had been forecast to probably mar the final full week of state competition in the 2016-17 school year materialized.

“It was a very good season,” said coach Matthew Guglielmo of his drenched team. “I had the pleasure of coaching a wonderful bunch of girls always proud to represent Mullen. Accomplishments all over the place … it didn’t work out the way we wanted, but credit Valor Christian.”  Basically, Mullen gave up a score on the doorstep of its goal 15 seconds into the second half, had to deal with a lightning delay, then surrendered back-to-back very wet scores in the 69th and 71 minutes while enduring sheets of rain and wind.  “It was a great flurry by them,” Guglielmo said.

There seemed to be as many large puddles on the Valor turf as players.  “It took the skill out of the game,” Eagles coach Brian Shultz said.  While Valor continued to generate a series of chances, the Mustangs didn’t click, never solved the Eagles defensive positioning, got beat to balls and never really mounted any pressure.  And it wasn’t for lack of effort.  “They gave 100 percent all of the time, gave all they had,” Guglielmo said.

Shultz added: “(The Mustangs) are a classy program and play the game the right way."  Mullen had scored six goals over its two playoff victories, including three by sophomore Kaylah Wanna, and suffered its first shutout loss since March 18, when Incarnate Word Academy of Missouri handed the Mustangs a 5-0 road loss.  Guglielmo said the team loses seven seniors for next season, but “we’ll reload. We’ve got some good freshman coming in and our goal will be the same, and that’s to win a state championship.”  Shultz, whose team has won six matches in a row and lost only to defending 5A state champion Grandview, changed his soggy clothes afterward and said “it’s a memorable night … if you’re on the winning side.”

VALOR CHRISTIAN 3, MULLEN 0

Mullen    0   0  --  0

Valor Christian 0    3  -- 3

Goals – Haley Harnisch 2, Cori Dyke.



Women's Soccer Team gets the win in the second round! 

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Mullen won a playoff game in girls soccer and advanced to the next round, but coach Matthew Guglielmo and the Mustangs weren’t happy with the way they played.

In outlasting Durango 3-2 in overtime at home in the second round on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, Mullen advanced to the quarterfinals. It will be at Valor Christian, the defending state champion, on Wednesday.

But back to the underlying theme … the Mustangs are getting by, but certainly not happy with the way they have done it. Their first-round match resulted In a 3-1 home victory against Palmer Ridge. Same feeling.

“That’s two in a row,” Guglielmo said. “No disrespect to our opponents. But my team has to come prepared to play soccer. We didn’t defend well, we did not play well in the attacking third ... it’s quite clear. Ultimately, we win the game, but I’m a little bit of a perfectionist about it. I need to get more from them.”

 

Sophomore Jaime DeBerardinis scored her team’s first goal as well as the game-winner and was in agreement.

“I think we just need to come out of the gate starting the game at that pace and the rest of the game will be that easier,” she said.

Mullen, now 12-5, traded scores near the beginning and end of the first half and twice trailed the Demons by a goal. DeBerardinis levelled the match at 1, then Kaylah Wanna, so vital in the team’s first-round victory, tied it at 2 in the second half, answering a 25-yard score from Durango with one of her own.

 

Six minutes into the extra session, Wanna battled a Durango defender for a long pass from beyond midfield, won it and practically walked freely into the goal area. But DeBerardinis beat her to the ball and gently nudged it in for the score.

Calling it “the easiest goal I’ve ever scored, just walking into the goal with the ball, DeBerardinis shared the praise.

“I couldn’t do it without the rest of the team,” she said. “The goals were sort of set up for me and all I had to do was put them into the back of the net.”

Durango ended 12-4.

Valor Christian is 15-1, won five matches in succession and outscored foes by an aggregate 67-15.

 

MULLEN 3, DURANGO 2 OT

Durango   1   1   0 – 2

Mullen       1   1   1 – 3

Mullen goals – DeBerardinis 2, Wanna

 

MUSTANGS WIN IN THE 1ST ROUND OF THE 4A CHSAA PLAYOFFS

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

 

It was a cold, wet, windy and dreary late afternoon on Wednesday and the Mullen girls soccer team was down a few players, one to a red card (suspension) and two to injuries.

Sophomore Kaylah Wanna, like the rest of the Mustangs, was well aware and wanted to do something about it.

“We knew we had to win it for them,” Wanna said, “to be able to play in the playoffs (in the next round). So when the ball came, I wanted to get something on it, get a foot on it.”

Actually, Wanna got a lot of foot on it, scored the deciding goal, then added one for insurance as the Mustangs protected home pitch with a 3-1 decision of Palmer Ridge in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Mustangs, who made the semifinals a year ago, improved to 11-5 and will host Durango in the second round on Saturday. As of Wednesday evening, Mustangs officials were leaning toward a 1 p.m.start. The Demons are 12-4, have won five straight matches and are fresh from a 6-0 home whipping of Canon City.

Tied at 1 after the first half, Wanna and the Mustangs upped their pressure and responded quickly. In the 44th minute, she was able to get a ball from Anna Brehm and get it past Ali Tobey, a very game Bears keeper.

Mullen was able to handle exchanges from Palmer Ridge, which ended 7-9, into the final minutes and just missed a couple of times on opportunities out front of the Bears goal. Wanna then made it a two-goal bulge in the 75th minute from an offering by Jaya Trujillo.

Plus, the Mustangs withstood the late loss of keeper Kaitlynn Harry, who got kicked in the tooth off a scrum in front of the goal. Freshman Emma Ryan substituted and showed well, coach Matthew Guglielmo said, noting her couple of saves.

Overall, the coach said, his “biggest gripe” other than rough play under bad conditions was “we were not focused enough and didn’t play smart. We talked about it at halftime and we just didn’t fix it. And it all can’t be for missing some players.”

But, he added, “ultimately, we won the game and moved on. That’s the most important thing.”

Mullen, which put forth the effort, Guglielmo said, had trailed 1-0 as Palmer Ridge struck first, in the 22nd minute, but Trujillo, who assisted on Wanna’s second goal, headed home the equalizer 4 minutes later off a corner kick by Lilly Sanchez.

Wanna said Trujillo’s goal “helped everybody work harder.”

Guglielmo added that “any time you win in the tournament, it’s big.”

Plus, Wanna, sported a bloody lip for her efforts and was OK with it. Yes, she said, it’s also a fat lip, but she would gladly “trade it for a playoff victory ... any time.”

 

MULLEN 3, PALMER RIDGE 1

Palmer Ridge  1   0 – 1

Mullen        1   2   -- 3

Mullen goals (assists) – Trujillo (Sanchez) Wanna (Brehm); Wanna (Trujillo).

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By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

 

In three of the past four girls soccer seasons, Mullen couldn’t get past 10 victories.

At 10-5 entering the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, the Mustangs have another opportunity to do it. They will host Monument’s Palmer Ridge on Wednesday in the preliminary round.

Seeded No. 8 in the field of 32, Mullen pronounced itself ready for the postseason prior to Tuesday’s practice and coach Matthew Guglielmo seemed at ease with his team’s placing in the bracket against perhaps an under-seeded foe.

“I think (our) number’s there, according to the RPI, and I agree with it,” he said, “but who we’re playing is by no means a No. 25. Palmer Ridge is probably a No. 12, (coach) Nick (Odil) is a great coach. We think it will be a very tight game.”

Senior Madi Johnson, a defensive-midfielder, concurred.  “I think we’re very confident, but we have to take it game-by-game,” she said. “Nothing is given to us.”

This is the time of year in which playing in the 5A-dominated Centennial League and all that comes with it can begin to matter, and the Mustangs are expecting experience against good competition to be a windfall.  “We don’t talk about it a lot during the season, but everyone knows playing those 5As is a little harder,” Guglielmo said. “Once in a while it will creep into the conversation.”

 

Molly Ballinger, a senior center-back, said “I think it helps us get ready for the playoffs, but I still think the competition in 4A is big.”  So does Guglielmo.  “If I start naming teams, I’ll omit somebody, of course, but I will tell you there are 10-to-11 (top) teams,” he said. “Valor’s excellent, D’Evelyn is good, Wheat Ridge is up there, Windsor is super, Ponderosa is up there … and Cheyenne Mountain is still good despite some injuries.”

And in addition to playing in the Centennial, the coach said, “there are just a lot of good 4A teams. And we’ve had a lot of hard games.”  Palmer Ridge is 7-8. Wednesday’s winner will take on the Canon City-Durango survivor in the Round of 16 on Saturday. winner on Saturday. The upper-left quadrant also contains the top seed, Valor Christian, which will face No. 32 Conifer, along with No. 16 Glenwood Springs and No. 17 Pueblo Centennial.  Johnson, who will attend Mercer, said “we’re upbeat and our anticipation is high.”  Bound for South Dakota State, Ballinger said she recalls the opening of the season, when “I think we started off pretty slow, but we’ve learned how to fight really hard with our team and our tougher components. I think we’re ready for the playoffs.”


The 4A quarterfinals are May 17, semifinals May 20 and championship May 24.

 

 

2016 Coach Staff

Head Varsity Coach Matthew Guglielmo
As a Teacher and Coach at Mullen, I truly understand my role within the Mullen Community. Every day is rich and my time here has been absolutely wonderful, in the classroom and on the field.  I live in Highlands Ranch wife my wife Dianne and 5 children: Luke, Shane, Juliette, Kieran and Greer. We moved to Colorado from Connecticut in 2006, I am originally from Queens, New York. Soccer started for me when I was 7 years old, I played through high school and college and then semi-professionally in Connecticut. My initial coaching positions were at New Milford High School, Wamogo High School, Shepaug High School and Sherman Middle School, all in Connecticut.

Varsity Assistant Coach Mike Hix
Mike Hix joined the Mullen Soccer Coaching Staff in February 2015, and is a full time professionally licensed youth soccer coach.  With over 18 years of coaching experience in youth soccer, Mike has developed hundreds of players into elite soccer athletes that play at all levels, including Elite club players, High School, and College.  Mike holds an NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma (A License), High School Coaching Diploma, and Dutch Coaching Certificate.   Mike is also the Director of Coaching/Leagues/Player Development at North American Sports Group – Kick It 3v3 Soccer, and also serves as a College Scout for the National Scouting Report.  Growing up, Mike was a multi-sport athlete, and attended College at beautiful Black Hills State University, where he played soccer and studied Business Management.     Mike and his family moved to Colorado in 1997 and is married to his wife of 22 years (Karla), and has 3 amazing children (Kortney 21, Mikayla 18, and Kyle 13) whom all enjoy and love the world’s game of soccer!

Prep Coach Annie Barocas
Annie Barocas is a counselor at Mullen High School. This will be her first year coaching at the school. Her past soccer experience has included playing Colorado club soccer, coaching with Colorado Storm, and currently still playing on an indoor women's league. In her free time, Annie enjoys traveling, running, cooking, watching college football, and hanging out with her husband and 18 month old daughter, Sydney. 

Prep Coach Katie Abeyta
Was born and raised in Denver and graduated from Mullen in 2006. After playing soccer throughout high school, I went to CU-Boulder where I played intramural soccer to keep up with a sport I love.I teach English and work with Student Activities at Mullen now, and this time of the year, I always get excited for soccer to begin!

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