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Colorado State Champions: 2011, Class 4A

Welcome to the Mullen boys soccer page. The Mustangs have been a factor on the pitch for years, topped by their state title in the mid-range class six seasons ago. They remain assigned to the Centennial League and are the only 4A squad in a 5A-based outlay. As a result, their high-end competition has helped keep them in the state chase. History, the list of Colorado championships has been balanced. Tops are Broomfield and Centennial member Arapahoe with a half-dozen each. Next are Arapahoe, Faith Christian, Liberty and Smoky Hill with five. Arapahoe and Smoky Hill also are on the Mustangs’ regular-season schedule.

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10.25.17

 

North takes out Mustangs, season ends at 7-8-1

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The ending match basically was a carbon copy of the season.

“Totally,” Mullen head coach Matthew Guglielmo said after an early exit from the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Mustangs fell 1-0 to host Denver North in the preliminaries on Wednesday to complete their season at 7-8-1. And there was no denying it – their record was a clear indicator of who the Mustangs were this season.

“They say with coaching, the players are like lemons and you squeeze as much out of them as you can,” Guglielmo said, adding that he couldn’t squeeze enough.

Denver North improved to 12-4 and managed the match’s only score after the Mustangs’ Andrew Seaman, the team’s leading scorer, couldn’t convert on a break-away.

 “I should have gotten it in,” Seaman said. “I just fired it too far right … woulda, coulda, shoulda, I felt like we had the team that would have done something, but we couldn’t finish through.”

The Vikings’ Jose Vega, a junior, got one past Mullen keeper Brandon Rich midway through the first half and that was it for the scoring as well as Mullen’s scoring opportunities. The Vikings played well with the lead, controlled the ball the majority of the time, beat the Mustangs regularly to loose balls, seemed to get a foot or leg to break up multiple passing attempts and probably should have had two more scores if not for two stellar saves by Rich.

“Kudos to them, they beat us,” Guglielmo said.

Senior Grant Reuter, who also played his final game as a Mustangs defender, said “I think we started out pretty strong, then made a couple of mental mistakes. And we couldn’t get down the field. It felt like they wouldn’t let us.”

Denver North, the 5th seed, next gets Sand Creek, the 11th seed that handled D’Evelyn 4-0, in the second round.

The Mustangs, who began the season 4-1-1 before struggling against 5A Centennial League competition and were shut out for the third time over their past seven matches, are done.

“They completely outplayed us,” Guglielmo said of the Vikings.

10.22.17

Mustangs seeded 27th in Class 4A boys soccer bracket

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Mullen will meet Denver North in the first round of Colorado’s Class 4A playoffs for boys soccer.

And it’s not a shock.

“We were pretty sure it was going to be Centaurus or Denver North,” Mustangs head coach Matthew Guglielmo said.

It’s a fact – the Mustangs, who are seeded 27th in the 32-team field, will be away on Wednesday (time TBA) to meet Denver North, the No. 6 seed.

Mullen enters the postseason 7-7-1. It was 2-5 in the Centennial and is coming off a 3-1 victory at home in nonleague against Pueblo South. Denver North is 11-4 and was 5-2 in the Denver Prep League. The Vikings also are fresh from consecutive losses, to Far Northeast and John F. Kennedy.

As you read this, Guglielmo and staff are reviewing anything they can find on Denver North.

“We have to do a little bit of reconnaissance,” Guglielmo said, noting Mustangs junior-varsity coach Troy Tallmadge was recently on the Vikings staff. “My guess is, they can play.”

 The Vikings, he added, and the DPL “have gotten better and better, and they did well … we have two days to prepare and see what we can do.”

Denver North finished fourth in league, behind JFK, Denver East (the 5A bracket’s top seed) and Far Northeast. The Vikings owned a 14-9 scoring edge in league, 41-15 in the regular season. Their top goal scorer is Sergio Lopez, who has found the back of the net eight times. In all, 14 Denver North players have scored a goal.

For the Mustangs, senior Andrew Seaman owns a team-leading 13 goals, tops among 15 who have scored.

Both programs compete in 5A-dominated leagues, which both realize come in handy during the postseason.

“I think so,” Guglielmo said, pointing to the Mustangs regularly playing against bigger, faster, strong players … it helps you elevate your game and be accustomed to playing like that.”

Guglielmo also said Mullen “is at full strength for the first time all year,” with Liam Shaw back from injury and club players Michael Jimenez and Patrick Rooney set for prep action.

The field’s top seed is Air Academy. The Mullen-Denver North winner will take on the D’Evelyn-Sand Creek survivor in the second round on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

10.20.17

Mustangs complete regular season, beat Pueblo South 3-1

Mullen capped its boys soccer regular season on Friday with a 3-1 Class 4A nonleague match victory against visiting Pueblo South.

Andrew Seaman, Daniel Dominguez and Liam Shaw scored for the Mustangs, who leveled their record at 7-7-1. Cole Dempsey and Seaman also added assists.

In all, Mullen had 12 shots, nine on goal, four by Seaman.

The Mustangs’ Brandon Rich made seven saves.

The Mustangs now await the 4A playoff bracket that is scheduled to be released on Sunday.

--- Neil H. Devlin

10.17.17

Mustangs smoked by Grandview, finish Centennial loop 2-5

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s a fact of life in sports – frequently, there are opponents who are simply better than you are, and there’s not a whole lot that can be done about it.

The lesson has been relevant to Mullen boys soccer in this year’s Centennial League. The Mustangs, who are in Class 4A, finished their league season on Tuesday evening, when they were handed a 6-0 whipping against host Grandview at Legacy Stadium.

The Mustangs ended 2-5 against the 5A league competition, tied for sixth with Smoky Hill and were outscored by an aggregate 39-14, including other setbacks of 8-2, 10-0 and 8-1. The likes of Arapahoe, Cherry Creek and the Wolves account for some of the best soccer there is among big schools.

“They are really good teams and I try not to re-hash what happens,” Mustangs head coach Matthew Guglielmo said.

Now 6-7-1, the Mustangs had no answers on Tuesday. The Wolves, 12-2, 6-1, and tied for the league title with Arapahoe (12-2-1, 6-1) and Cherry Creek (9-6, 6-1), went just about end-to-end for an opening goal and never let up. They scored in the third, fifth, 12th and 15th minutes, led 5-0 at halftime, grabbed a sixth goal in the opening moments of the second half and cruised.

Mullen finished sixth in league, was 31st in 4A in the RPI qualifying system – 32 teams will make the playoff bracket that will be announced on Sunday – entering the match and will host 4A Pueblo South on Friday at 4:30 p.m.. The Colts were on the minds of the Mustangs a few minutes into the match.

“We’ll see what this does for our RPI,” Guglielmo said. “In this game, we said we would not come back from five or six goals, so what can we do for Pueblo South? It’s a tough league, we know that we can’t control that, so we do the best we can against them and, hopefully, use what we can for the tournament.”

Mullen managed only three shots, all on goal, on Tuesday to the 19 overall by the Wolves, 11 on goal. Mustangs keeper Brandon Rich was peppered from the opening possession.

Realistically, Guglielmo said, “we didn’t play terribly, we had some possessions, but we gave up some early goals and we could never get out of that hole.”

Ultimately, another game against a top-flight 5A team and a Friday victory, Guglielmo said, “could maybe move us up a couple of spots, but we just have to deal with our number and know we won’t have a home game (should they make the playoffs).”

10.14.17

Boys soccer takes down Overland 6-3, now at 6-6-1 in ‘17

After a fairly wild first half on Friday, Mullen settled in and handled Overland 6-3 at home in a Centennial League match.

Mullen once again leveled its overall mark at 6-6-1. It also is 2-4 in league. Aurora’s Overland slipped to 3-10 and is winless in six league matches.

At half, Mullen led 4-3. Two second-half goals provided cushion and the Mustangs were led by Michael Jimenez, who scored three times. Burke Bradley, Patrick Keeley, and Andrew Seaman also found the back of the net. Assists came from Bradley, who had two, and Daniel Dominguez, Dimitris Flores, Grant Reuter and Julian Samuels.

In all, Mullen had 11 shots, seven on goal. Brandon Rich turned in five saves.

The Class 4A Mustangs will complete their Centennial season on Tuesday, Oct. 17, against Grandview at Legacy Stadium in a 5:30 p.m. match. Their regular season will end on Friday, Oct. 20, when they host Pueblo South at 4:30 p.m.

The regular season for all three classes will end on Oct. 21. Pairings for the state tournaments will be released on Oct. 22.

--- Neil H. Devlin

10.11.17

Cherokee Trail dominates in an 8-1 Centennial match

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

AURORA -- It has happened before, so it’s nothing new. And Mullen knows what to do about it.

Forget it.

The Mustangs fell below .500 overall and in league on Wednesday as Cherokee Trail pasted them 8-1 at Legacy Stadium. Mullen dipped to 5-6-1 overall, 1-4 in the Centennial League and had no answers or counters against the Cougars (5-7-1, 2-3).

It was one of those games “and we have them,” Mustangs head coach Matthew Guglielmo said. “We do. I don’t think our opponents were seven goals better than us, really, but we have games where we don’t come out and play. I’m not proud of that and I think we’ll play better on Friday, but (the Cougars) blew our doors in.”

The Cougars weren’t discriminatory – they put four goals behind Mullen keeper Brandon Rich in each half. Cherokee Trail totaled 12 shots on goal, controlled play throughout the match, was a lot faster, much sharper in passing and left little doubt which was the better team.

Even when Mullen’s Thomas Keeley scored in the final moments, Cherokee Trail was able to answer with its final goal as if to leave the Mustangs with something else to think about in the blowout.

“It was bad,” said senior Andrew Seaman, who had two of Mullen’s four shots and one of the two on goal. “We were off and didn’t come ready to play. We fluctuate. We’ll play really well, then play poorly. But at the end of the day, we have to be ready.”

Mullen entered the match at No. 24 in the Class 4A RPI standings – the top 32 will advance to the state tournament – “so we probably didn’t lose anything,” Guglielmo said.

The Mustangs will host Aurora’s Overland in another league match on Friday at 4:30 p.m. A Tuesday (Oct. 17) match at Grandview in Aurora (at Legacy Stadium) will complete their Centennial play and an Oct. 20 match at home against Pueblo South will wrap up their regular season.

10.6.17

Boys soccer levels overall mark, beats Smoky Hill 4-2

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Behind a hat trick on Friday by Patrick Rooney, Mullen boys soccer earned its first Centennial league victory.

The host Mustangs scored all of their goals in the first half and handled Aurora’s Smoky Hill 4-2 on the Centennial League pitch.

Mullen levelled its overall record at 5-5-1 and won its first league match in four tries. Smoky Hill is 7-5, 2-2.

The three goals by Rooney and one by senior Andrew Seaman kept the Buffaloes trailing despite answering twice in the second half.

Sophomore Kyle Cooper and senior Michael Jimenez added assists.  Mullen was able to squeeze off 10 shots on goal and keeper Brandon Rich was credited with eight saves.

The Mustangs had dropped their previous three league matches by an aggregate 20-3.

Mullen will have two matches next week – on Wednesday against Cherokee Trail at Legacy Stadium, 4:30 p.m., and home against Overland on Friday, also at 4:30 p.m.

10.1.17

0-2 Centennial League start for boys soccer

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Boys soccer is off to an 0-2 start in the Centennial League.

Mullen fell 2-1 in the second overtime the past Thursday to Eaglecrest at the Stutler Bowl, its third consecutive setback.

The Mustangs now are 4-4-1 overall and winless in the Class 5A-dominated league, having earlier lost to Arapahoe.

 Andrew Seaman, Mullen’s top scorer, had the team’s only score, in the opening half. He has 10 on the season.

The 4A Mustangs were able to generate 10 shots.

Mullen will have two league games in the week, both at home – versus Cherry Creek on Monday (Oct. 2), 4:30 p.m. and Friday (Oct. 6) against Smoky Hill, also at 4:30 p.m.

9.26.17

Arapahoe drubs Mustangs 8-2 on the pitch

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It was like a runaway ski on one of the Rocky Mountain slopes … and Mullen couldn’t do a thing to stop it.

The Mustangs were pummeled 8-2 by host Arapahoe on a cold, dingy and windy Tuesday, an inauspicious season debut in Centennial League boys soccer.

And, yes, it really was one of those games. In dropping to 4-3-1 overall, Mullen got beaten to 50-50 balls. Didn’t pass well enough. Surely didn’t receive passes with any frequency. Came in second-best on headers. Defensively, well, giving up eight goals probably speaks for itself.

“Every way,” Mustangs coach Matthew Guglielmo said of how many facets his team came out second-best against the Warriors. “We got thumped in tactics ... me, my plan wasn’t good enough, it should have been more defensive. (The Warriors) were faster, fitter, stronger … we had mental lapses in front of the goal, we missed a (penalty kick) and two-to-three breakaways where we could have closed that gap.”

And it was a first -- no Guglielmo team had ever surrendered eight goals.

In dipping to 4-3-1 overall, Mullen trailed 5-0 at halftime and could only watch as Arapahoe (7-1-1 overall) basically did whatever it wanted. Six different Warriors scored, headed by junior Cameron Gail’s three goals.

Andrew Seaman scored twice for the Mustangs, but the goals were nothing more than window dressing. Guglielmo had hoped his guys could cut into the Arapahoe lead at the outset of the second half and prepare for the next match, but the Warriors refused to let up – they added three goals and kept Mullen chasing.

“Always,” Seaman said when asked about the difficulty of handling being on the wrong end of a lopsided score. ”We didn’t play well.”

And the Mustangs, minus a few players with injuries, wanted to leave it that – they were humbled and there was nothing they could do about it, so getting ready for Eaglecrest (Mullen will meet the Raptors at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village at 6 p.m.) took priority.

“We have to move on from it completely,” Guglielmo said. “At halftime, they didn’t get an earful from me … it was about trying to work on the second half and work on the next match.”

9.23.17

Silver Creek outlasts Mullen 3-2 in 2OT

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information

Chances? Mullen had plenty of them, enough to qualify for a raffle.

Finishing? Nah, if the Mustangs were contractors working on a home, lawyers probably would have gotten involved.’

And effort? Physically, a lot of it was there, but the mental part left a bit to be desired.

The Mustangs’ 3-2 setback in two overtimes in Class 4A nonleague to visiting Silver Creek was difficult to swallow, including for head coach Matthew Guglielmo. Mullen blew two leads, missed multiple chances in front of the goal and allowed the Raptors to hang around like a bad habit.

“Totally,” the coach said. “That’s the way I would say it. We let (the Raptors) stay around and had chances early, in the middle of the game and in OT we had a breakaway. Usually, we put that away. And the goals they scored were a little Hinkey, they really were.”

However, he added, no excuses: “You know what … if you play for 90 minutes or 95 minutes, that can certainly happen.”

And it did. So did additional strange occurrences, such as Mustangs junior Liam Shaw taking a shoulder shot near a corner and needing to be taken away in an ambulance with what was believed to be a broken collar bone. The game officials also separated different groups of parents as well as moved the Mullen junior-varsity team from one side of the pitch to the other.

And keep in mind it was a make-up match as the previous one scheduled on Sept. 1 was postponed after the Raptors’ bus had a car lock its breaks in front of it near 136th Avenue, causing a crash and disabling the bus.

As it was, Mullen had its three-match winning streak in which it outscored the opposition by a combined 16-4 halted. The Mustangs are 4-2-1. Longmont’s Silver Creek remained undefeated at 7-0-1.

Speedy senior Andrew Seaman scored both of Mullen’s goals, the first 15 minutes in and his second could be considered dazzling – in the 51st minute and 3 minutes after Shaw went down, he took a pass on the fly near midfield and motored past two Raptors to zip one past keeper Brandon Coder.

However, that was it for the Mustangs. Twice they had open opportunities from point-blank range and failed to score, including one that grazed the crossbar. Mustangs keeper Brandon Rich once again was strong, including in the extra time, but was hit for a goal in the 28th minute and had no more than a 50-50 chance in the 63rd minute, when a Mullen foul resulted in a penalty kick that was converted.

In the extra sessions, Rich again was sharp, but had the game-winner get past him on about a 30-yard try that kept sailing and came after Mullen failed to clear.

“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be at a couple of points in the game and when that happened we had to pay for it,” Guglielmo said.

In addition, he said, “As a coach, you can beat yourself up over this and lose a ton of sleep over it or you can just move on. And that’s what we do, we build, we try to be better the next time and work better in practice and fix those things.”

The 5A-based Centennial League now awaits the Mustangs. On Tuesday, they will be at Arapahoe in Centennial, then on Thursday against Eaglecrest at the Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village.

“It will be tough,” Guglielmo acknowledged. “All of those guys (in league) can play.”

 

9.15.17

Mustangs roll Frederick 8-1, improve to 4-1-1

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Burke Bradley and Patrick Rooney each scored twice on Friday as Mullen humbled Frederick 8-1 in nonleague boys soccer.

The Mustangs improved to 4-1-1 by winning their third match in a row and have outscored their past three opponents by a combined 16-4.

Michael Jimenez, Thomas Keeley, Max McElhiney and Andrew Seaman also scored for Mullen. Liam Shaw added two assists, and Kyle Cooper, Cole Dempsey, Keeley, Jimenez, Rooney and Seaman each contributed one.

Rooney also led the Mullen shot parade, squeezing off six.

As keepers, Brandon Rich made four saves and Uriel Diaz recorded seven.

The team will have an eight-day span before its next match, on Sept. 23 against Silver Creek of Longmont. It’s a make-up. The Raptors were scheduled to play in southwest Denver a couple of weeks ago, but were involved in a bus accident on the way.

Frederick is 1-5.

 

9.13.17

Early barrage lifts Mustangs soccer past Wheat Ridge

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Getting better? Mullen soccer is sure it is.

The Mustangs erupted for a three-goal barrage into the midway point of the first half on Wednesday and took a decisive 4-2 Class 4A nonleague victory at home over an always good Wheat Ridge of Jefferson County.

It was the second straight match victory for the Mustangs, now 3-1-1 and feeling stronger than after their mediocre 1-1-1 season start.

“Yeah, we tried to go really deep into our bench and just run everybody at them and wear them down a little bit,” Mustangs head coach Matthew Guglielmo said about the Farmers. “The score may not say that, but it certainly helped.”

Four different Mustangs, three in a bunch, scored and the early grouping all but decided the match rather early.

Christian Rapp found the back of the net first, taking a crossing pass from Andrew Seaman 6 minutes into the match. Thirteen minutes later, Christian Cruz made it 2-0 on the first of two assists by Michael Jimenez and Seaman upped it to 3-0 in the 21st minute. Liam Shaw also contributed a helper.

Bang, just like that, the Mustangs, who also won the territorial battle, were in command. Grant Reuter added a nice header off a corner kick by Jimenez in the second half for a four-goal lead that held up – and despite two later goals by the Farmers, now 4-2-1, and a usual lull or two by Mullen in the ebb and flow, improvement was noticeable.

“Yeah, we’re definitely getting a lot better than earlier in the season,” Rapp, a senior forward, said. “There are a lot of things we can improve on.”

Mustangs keeper Brandon Rich also had a large hand in the victory, turning in six strong saves, notably two rockets from point-blank range. He called the victory “fun” and said playing with a three-goal lead early is a situation in which “you have to make sure to do what you have to do, so you don’t give up the lead. I think we played well ... we’re getting better as a team and we just came off a hard loss, but won a couple in a row.”

Rapp said “we beat a quality team, but there are definitely better teams to beat.”

Mullen will resume play on Friday (Sept. 15) against visiting Frederick, then have an eight-day break before hosting Silver Creek in a match that was postponed from earlier because the Raptors were involved in a bus accident while traveling to play against the Mustangs. It will be the final nonleague meeting. Mullen’s Centennial League season will open on Sept. 26 at Arapahoe.

Guglielmo said he remains concerned about the Mustangs being able to maintain a sustained effort, but “overall, I’m happy. That’s a quality team we beat … when I look at it and say ‘this is good, this is good …‘ fine, but we need to find weaknesses and do something about them.”

9.6.17

Back on winning track, Mustangs tame Sheridan

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It’s a step-by-step process for Mullen soccer.

Playing tough, different competition. Building toward league play and the postseason. Getting better by the day. Helping the team in any way possible. And finding ways to win.

The Mustangs have proven patient to date in 2017 and handled another portion of their process on Wednesday with a decisive, if not dominant, 4-1 decision of nearby Sheridan. On their home pitch, the Mustangs scored twice early in each half to keep command.

Now 2-1-1, Class 4A Mullen has responded after a relatively slow start – it won its opener 1-0 at Vista Ridge, had a road tie in Steamboat Springs; then got handled at home 5-2 by John F. Kennedy.

So beating an always competitive Sheridan was welcomed and in many ways.

“They qualify for the (state) tournament in 3A every year,” Mustangs coach Matthew Guglielmo said of the Rams. “And they’re into it.”

Overall, added Gugllielmo, ever the analyst, “we played well in spurts and looked fantastic, then other times we didn’t finish and we weren’t consistent and we kept them around.”

Senior Andrew Seaman did his part, scoring two goals and adding an assist.   

“It was good,” Seaman said. “I do sense that we’re building. It’s a pretty young team, so it’s like exponential growth. We have some kids who haven’t played before … there’s only room for improvement at this point.”

Freshman Patrick Keeley scored Mullen’s first goal in the opening moments and Julian Samuels completed the wrap-around showing with another early in the second half. Liam Shaw assisted on the first two goals and Michael Jimenez contributed another.

Overall, Mullen generally controlled play and regularly kept Rams keeper Mauricio Puga busy.

Sheridan found the back of the net behind Mullen keeper Brandon Rich, who also made three saves, in the 68th minute, although Mullen, which managed to squeeze off 10 shots, never appeared to be in trouble, including when Guglielmo cleared his bench down the stretch.

“Sometimes we feel like there’s massive amount of room for improvement,” the coach said. “That’s the plan we have and where we are now and before tournament time are vastly different.”

The Mustangs were in the second of four consecutive home matches. They have a week off before taking on Jefferson County’s Wheat Ridge (3-0-1) on Sept. 13, then Frederick on Sept. 15.

Mullen will begin Centennial League action on Sept. 26 at Arapahoe.

 

Reloading Mustangs have pitch prowess right in front of them

By Neil H. Devlin

Mullen Sports Information Specialist

(Fourth in a series of fall previews for the Mustangs.)

Basically, it’s up to Mullen boys soccer players. Once again, they’ll be in the Class 5A Centennial League, play a tough regular-season schedule and look to head into the 4A state playoffs.

What they do against it will depend, coach Matthew Guglielmo said prior to preseason practice.

“We could conceivably play with anyone or get a result we don’t want,” he said.

A year ago, the Mustangs were 13-5, 4-3 in league and outscored their opposition by a combined 76-41. They went down to Pueblo West in the second round of the playoffs.

This season, they will be without eight seniors “who were all good,” the coach said, so there will be some reloading.

“I think we’re all over the place,” Guglielmo said. “We’ll definitely field a couple of freshman and the sophomores, juniors and seniors will be almost equally represented.”

Five starters return. Michael Jimenez, Andrew Seaman, keeper Brandon Rich, Liam Shaw, Grant Reuter and Julian Samuels figure to be at the front of most of the action. In 2016, Seaman contributed 19 assists.

Potentially, Guglielmo said, “I think we can be very good. We have this blend of veterans, of newcomers of athleticism, of soccer talent …  and for the first time in a long time I have a deep bench. We should be competitive in the league and we always anticipate playing really late into the season.”

Some 54 hopefuls appeared for tryouts, which the coach termed “great.”

The talent and depth also should give the Mustangs options.

“Last year, we were very in-between and had the ability to play long with the fats guys and also to play short,” Guglielomo said. “I think we’ll be able to do it again. It’s rare. Usually it’s one way or the other.”

Mullen’s first match will be Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at Vista Ridge in Colorado Springs. The Mustangs will follow with a second match on Aug 26, 10 a.m., at Steamboat Springs. Their home opener will be Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m., against John F. Kennedy. Their first league match is schedule for Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., at Arapahoe in Centennial.

The regular season will be completed by Oct. 21 and the state pairings will be released on Oct. 22.

 

 

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Winter sports set to begin practice on Friday
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Season No. 2 can open practice on Friday.

Boys and girls basketball, ice hockey, boys and girls skiing, girls swimming and diving, and wrestling are set to open winter sports. Preseason practice will last for nearly three weeks.

Winter’s regular season may begin on Nov. 29 as there once again will be overlap with the end of the fall season.

As usual, the holidays will interrupt winter play from before Christmas until after New Year’s Day.

Below are key dates and sites for each sport as related to Mullen:

Boys and girls basketball – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. Playoff brackets to be released on Feb. 18. Championship March 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

Ice hockey – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. Playoff bracket to be released on Feb. 18. Championship March 5.

Boys and girls skiing – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 17. State championship May 22-23 hosted by Lake County.

Girls swimming and diving – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 3. State championship Feb. 9-10 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Thornton.

Wrestling – Season begins Nov. 29. Regular season runs through Feb. 3. Regionals Feb. 9-10. State championship Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center.

--- Neil H. Devlin 

 

Max Thenell, a special guy, honored with a special award
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Mullen honored senior Max Thenell, a popular football team member who has autism, with an award on Frifday night in the game against Northglenn.

He was presented with the Brandon Burlsworth Award, which goes to a senior player who demonstrates great team character and sportsmanship.

It is for an individual who is an outstanding teammate and expects very little in return.

The players gets recognition for hard work and contributions to the team, yet gives his all every single day.

It was presented to him by his uncle, head coach Tom Thenell, in a ceremony on the field before the game. It was Senior Night.

--- Neil H. Devlin

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Northglenn at Mullen will be Broncos high school game of the week
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In its final home game of the regular season, Mullen football will have an interesting partner of sorts for pregame festivities in Friday Night Lights.

The Denver Broncos.

The Mustangs’ game in Week 10 of 2017 against Northglenn in the Class 5A Mt. Cameron League will also be the Broncos high school game of the week. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., tailgating at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at de La Salle Stadium will include the Broncos Cheerleaders, Super Bowl Trophies and Children’s Hospital Colorado/Broncos giveaways. In addition, the game can be heard on iHeartRadio.

Here is a schedule:

Pictures and autographs with Broncos cheerleaders as well as Broncos alumni, 6-6:50 p.m.

Pictures with Super Bowl L Trophy, 6-7 p.m.

Children's Hospital tent giveaway before the game.

The Mustangs, 2016 league champions and state quarterfinalists, are 4-5 overall, 2-2 in league. They currently stand 13th in RPI playoff-qualifying through their considerable schedule that included games against the likes of Pomona, two-time defending 5A state champion Valor Christian, Bothell, Wash., Columbine and Fairview. Sixteen teams will be announced in the Class 5A postseason bracket on Sunday.

Northglenn is 5-4, 1-3.

 --- Neil H. Devlin

 

Parris again played on All-Academic Team in Arizona Classic in baseball
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mullen baseballer Reggie Parris recently played in the Arizona Senior Fall Classic on the All-Academic Team.

It was the second straight year Parris played in the game. He made it through his club team, Slammers Martin.

It was held at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona.

In the spring, Parris helped the Mustangs to a 10-10 mark in the Class 5A Centennial League. He pitched, played 1st base and in the outfield.

In 10 pitching appearances, he was 3-2 on the mound with a 3.20 earned-run average. He also was 2-for-6 batting with 4 RBIs, according to statistics posted by the Mustangs.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Like others, Mustangs on the pitch embarrassed by U.S. Soccer failure
Thursday, October 12, 2017

I laughed as much as I was disgusted a few years ago, when U.S. Soccer suddenly decreed that promising teenagers playing the high-school game were considered as completely wasting their time and the people who ran the national pitch insisted that they switch to academy play.

It was supposed to help U.S. standing among world soccer powers.

But on Tuesday night, when the good, ol’ U.S. was unceremoniously ousted from World Cup qualifying, I had pretty much the same feelings, although laughter probably had a comfortable edge.

Not only was our country in a weak qualifying group, but the U.S. fell 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago. Not some soccer juggernaut such as Brazil or Germany or Italy, but Trinidad and Tobago.

For those of you just joining us, Trinidad and Tobago.

Mullen soccer folks can spot a joke when they see one.

“Who even knows where Trinidad and Tobago is?” Mullen senior and leading scorer Andrew Seaman wondered. “A lot of kids can’t find it on the map. I had a world report on it and had never heard of it.”

ESPN led the assault on the national program, ripping everyone from the director to the players. And why not? The sport that was supposed to sweep our country for at least the past five decades hasn’t even come close. The alleged beautiful game suddenly has an ugly following ... if anything resembling a following at all.

“I don’t think that a couple of people tweeting about it or having a theory fully covers the breadth and scope of what’s wrong,” Mullen head coach Matthew Guglielmo said.

The coach laments the lack of people of color not playing the game in this country as well as the astronomical costs of entering young players into the clubs and academies, turning it into an upper-class sport versus what is considered more of a sport for the poor across the planet.

And it’s not working.

“Something’s wrong,” Guglielmo said. “We’re trying to use a European or South American model that can’t be constructed.”

Discarding high-school soccer also is a ludicrous, he added: “It will never be the end of high-school soccer, but they haven’t done their jobs.”

Said Seaman: “I don’t get it, either. Soccer is soccer, whether you’re playing a good team or a bad team, or in club.”

And not knowing what to do with top prospects or how to develop them has been an American problem for generations. It has been underlined – the rest of the world plays real soccer; what happens in the U.S. is something else entirely.

“If my kids are studs, really good and boys, I’ll just send them to Italy or France,” Guglielmo said. “It’s not happening here. We don’t have the funding for it, it’s not on (television), people don’t care …”

Seaman termed it as “an embarrassment. We have no soccer teams and for the people who watch it’s really bad. The MLS (Major League Soccer) is, like, the laughingstock of soccer.”

And while U.S. head coach Bruce Arena was on TV attempting to deflect criticism and remain resistant to massive changeover, practically everyone else screamed for wholesale, sweeping change.

That is, if they cared., a fact U.S. Soccer officials must now consider.

“Heads have to roll everywhere,” Guglielmo said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Keep up and pay attention, or you'll fall back
Monday, October 09, 2017

The dominoes effect is under way for fall state championships.

So pay attention to the information below and try to keep up …

Beginning with Saturday’s climax of boys tennis championships, the mad dash is on for the fall postseason.

In addition to tennis, softball will have regional action on Saturday.

Keeping the train moving, on Oct. 16 the state softball pairings will be released with play from Oct. 20-21 at the Aurora Sports Park. Oct. 21 also is the day for final, regular-season play in boys soccer and volleyball, as well as 6-man football.

And on it goes … soccer pairings will be released on Sunday, Oct. 22. The field hockey title will be decided on Oct. 26. The cross country championships will be Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs.

More? State gymnastics from Nov. 3-4 at Thornton High. Larger-class football will end its regular season on Nov. 4. Soccer championships on Nov. 11 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. And, lest we forget, winter sports will begin practice on Nov. 10. They can play for keeps on Nov. 29

The top two classes of football will decide crowns on Dec. 2 at the Broncos’ Stadium.

Busy? You bet. It’s the way of the Colorado student-athlete at this time of year.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

5 Mullen facts to know heading into state golf
Friday, September 29, 2017

Here are five facts to know about Mullen heading into Colorado’s Class 4A boys golf tournament on Monday and Tuesday:

  1. It will be contested at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton that has hosted two girls championships and one other for boys. The Mustangs got in a practice round on Friday.
  2. It will play at par-72 and about 7,000 yards. Think “Caddyshack.” “Big hitter, the Lama … l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g.”
  3. First-day Mullen tee times, all on No. 1 tee – Mario Dino, 8:30 a.m.; Thomas Hicks, 8:39; Rhett Johnson 8:48; Cole Reister, 8:57.
  4. Ground is being cleared for a new clubhouse at the course.
  5. The head professional is Pat Tait, father of Ashley Tait, a Mustang who was medalist three times in the early-to-mid-2000s. The elder Tait has been a pro for 29 years (also at The Meadows G.C.), the past 20 at Raccoon Creek.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Suddenly stating principles doesn't mask bad behavior and examples
Monday, September 25, 2017

Certainly, unless you were under a rock and missed Sunday football, you saw what happened across the NFL.

Players and others in the league refused to traditionally stand for the National Anthem. Some stayed in the locker room. Others knelt. A few displayed raised, clenched fists.

The debate rages on as to whether or not you stand with the President and his comments or if you side with the players, who also were a bit divided as to why they actually were trying to protest and if Sunday was the end of it or there would be more.

But there is zero debate about the following – even with players insisting they were concerned about making social change, they certainly did little to even hint at making a switch in their on-field antics that clearly have gotten way out of hand.

To wit (and without bothering to name names because you know who they are):

A New York Giants receiver who has been hurt and whining about his salary scored his first touchdown of the season and promptly went to all fours and pretended to defecate on the field like a K-9. Afterward, he was quoted as saying “I’m a dog.”

A Chicago defensive back had a blocked field goal fall right in between the numbers on the front of his jersey. He took off to run for what should have been an easy 71-yard touchdown, but in order to be ready to celebrate and let the crowd and world know what he did, he slowed near the 5-yard line, was caught from behind and had the ball knocked out of his hands, thereby erasing what would have been a sure score. “I thought I was in,” he said. “But, you know, obviously, I wasn’t.”

And a Denver defender, one who’s ordinarily a high-character guy, knocked down a quarterback, got up, reached out to lend a hand to help up the quarterback, then suddenly pulled back as if to say: “Psych!” He was given an unsportsmanlike penalty that helped lead to a loss.

They weren’t alone as for some reason seemingly every tackle, sack, knocked-down pass, catch, pass, rush, return, block or kick on every Sunday of every month of every season apparently needs to be “celebrated” so that players “can have fun.”

However, if the Fun Boys suddenly insist they are principled and stand together in what just recently was a more-divided NFL, and want to display a stand on something, it would be easier to take them much more seriously if their self-centered shenanigans all about I, me and mine (and their money) didn’t set such a horrid example of how to act on the field for kids, notably high-school players who frequently hang on their every action.

A bad example is a bad example and suddenly stating principles doesn't mask them.

Period.

--- Neil H. Devlin

Cherry Creek knocks off Mustangs 2-1 in Centennial softball
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mullen dropped its second consecutive Centennial League softball game on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village.

The Mustangs dipped to 7-6 overall, 0-2 in league.

“We left too many runners on base and didn’t have the timely hitting,” Mustangs head coach Greg Hogan said.

The Mustangs stranded seven runners and didn’t back up the six-hit pitching of sophomore Marissa Sanchez, including making two throwing errors.

A very busy week awaits the Mustangs, four games in six days, three in league. On Monday, they will be at Cherokee Trail in Aurora; home against Smoky Hill on Tuesday; at Air Academy on Thursday; and home against Overland on Saturday.

“We’ve got to get some ‘W’s’, got to get it going,” Hogan said.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Don't blink, the first postseason event of 2017-18 is upon us
Monday, September 18, 2017

Time flies.

Don’t argue.

Believe it or not, the postseason for 2017-18 begins Tuesday (Sept. 19). Mullen’s boys golfers will be in Colorado Springs competing in regional rounds, the step before the state tournament.

I know, I almost can’t believe it, either. But the boys golf season is short, begins in August and here we are.

It could be interesting for Mullen, perhaps right away as well as long term. The Mustangs will be sending one sophomore (Cole Reister) and three freshmen (Mario Dino, Thomas Hicks and Rhett Johnson) to the Country Club of Colorado. All have enjoyed assorted moments this season and they did well as a group by keeping within range of Centennial League powers Arapahoe and Cherry Creek.

They will be playing in Class 4A Region 2 along with members from Air Academy, Arvada, Cheyenne Mountain, D’Evelyn, Elizabeth, Green Mountain, Littleton, Mitchell, Ponderosa, Pueblo County, Standley Lake, Wheat Ridge, Valor Christian, Vista Ridge and George Washington.

And they have an opportunity to send one, two, three or all four players to the 4A championship, Oct. 2-3 at Raccoon Creek G.C. In Littleton.

So, yes, it goes by quickly.

Pay attention before you miss it.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Soccer match postponed after Silver Creek bus in an accident
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Mullen’s boys soccer home match on Friday against Longmont’s Silver Creek was postponed after an accident.

The Raptors were travelling to the match and their bus was involved in an accident, according to Mullen coach Matthew Guglielmo.

However, no injuries were reported, Guglielmo said.

A makeup date has not been announced.

The match was scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.   

--- Neil H. Devlin

Mullen falls to reigning power Valor in softball
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mullen fell to three-time defending Class 4A state champion Valor Christian on Wednesday.

The Mustangs lost the road game 4-3 to fall to 1-2 on the season.

In continuing their demanding schedule – they earlier faced 4A power D’Evelyn and emerging 5A Regis Jesuit – the Mustangs also were outhit 10-7.

Jessica Haley had two of Mullen’s hits. Marissa Sanchez, a sophomore who also took the pitching loss, Cakey McKune and Tatum Maloney each drove home runs for Mullen.

Mullen next will be in action this Thursday (Aug. 31) and into the weekend in the Erie Tournament.

--- Neil H. Devlin

Boys soccer drops first match in 2017, 5-2 to JFK
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A first-half barrage was too difficult for Mullen to overcome on Monday.

The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season, 5-2 to the Denver Prep League’s John F. Kennedy.

Now 1-1-1, host Mullen was hit for five goals in the first half of the Class 4A nonleague match.

Freshman A.J. Gamueda and senior Michael Jimenez scored for the Mustangs. Junior Patrick Rooney added an assist.

Mullen will return to action on Friday, 4:30 p.m., at home against Longmont’s Silver Creek in another 4A nonleaguer.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Boys soccer ties 2-2 at Steamboat Springs
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mullen hit the road into the mountains on Saturday and earned a tie.

The Mustangs drew at host Steamboat Springs, 2-2, in their second match of the season, a Class 4A nonleaguer.

Ryan Irvine and Christian Rapp scored for Mullen, which now is 1-0-1 on the season.

The Mustangs next will see action on Monday, in their home opener, 4:30 p.m., against nearby John F. Kennedy of the Denver Prep League.

Former K/P JK Scott alive and kicking at Alabama
Friday, August 25, 2017

Remember JK Scott? The tall, lean kick/punter who starred for Mullen from 2010-13?

He has been punting since his freshman season for perennial power Alabama. In his three seasons for the Crimson Tide, the 6-foot-6, 204-pound Scott has averaged 48.0, 44.2 and 47.2 yards per punt … basically at sea level.

For his career, Scott has punted 189 times for an average of 46.3.

It may get better for the former Mustang very soon – he will remain the team’s punter, coach Nick Saban said, but it’s a possibility Scott may also combine kicking off and being the Alabama man for long field-goal attempts.

Below is a link for an interesting story – including quoting Mullen head coach Tom Thenell – on what lies ahead for Scott this season.

The story, from BAMAinsider.com, suggests Scott could save the Cromson Tide’s kicking game.

https://alabama.rivals.com/news/jk-scott-could-solve-alabama-s-kicking-problems  

 

 

Boys golfers again take 3rd in Centennial League meet
Friday, August 25, 2017

Boys golfers took third as a team and fared well individually at the second Centennial League gathering of the season.

Playing on Thursday at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course, always a tough track, the Mustangs took third in the eight-team league field. They totaled 304.

They also were third in the first match of the season, at Aurora Hills G.C.

Better yet, Mullen had two players shoot 1-over par – Mario Dino and Thomas Hicks each fired 73s. They tied for third place. Cole Reister contributed 78. Rhett Johnson shot 80 and Nic Mayhan had 88.

In junior varsity, Mullen also finished third, scoring 351. Individuals -- Sean Wallace 82, Eli Marquez 84, John Wallace 89 and Jakob Beckish 96.

Next up on the schedule – another league gathering, on Wednesday at South Suburban G.C.

 

Boys soccer wins debut, 1-0 at Vista Ridge
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mullen opened the boys soccer season on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory against Vista Ridge in Colorado Springs in nonleague.

The only score of the game came from Andrew Seaman. He was assisted by Grant Reuter.

The Mustangs next will be at Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Wednesday roundup: Boys tennis, softball earn victories
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mullen’s boys tennis opened its season on Wednesday and earned a 5-2 victory dual-match over Air Academy at the U.S. Air Force Base above Colorado Springs.

In the debut of new coach Jacob Ohrman, the Mustangs won one of three singles spots and all four doubles placings.

At No. 2 singles, Mac Caldwell won 6-0, 6-2. In doubles, J.P. Starkey-Tanner Amman won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 1; Ben Logan-Thomas Logan won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2; Charley Manta-Johnny Grow won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3; and Dominic Jablonsky-Ethan Hart won 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1 singles, George Henry Hanzel dropped a tight one, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, and at No. 3, Dante Dino fell 6-1, 6-1.

The Mustangs will return to face the Kadets and others in the Air Academy tournament Friday-Saturday.

In softball, the Mustangs, who dropped a one-run decision to Class 4A D’Evelyn on Tuesday, came back on Wednesday and downed host Regis Jesuit 3-0. Now 1-1, Mullen plated a run in the third inning and two more in the fifth.

The Mustangs permitted only three hits. They next will be at 4A power Valor Christian on Sept. 30.

 

 

Come and support the Mustangs on Friday
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A message from the Mullen football staff:

Come out and support the Mullen Mustangs as they take on Pomona Friday, 7 p.m., at the North Area Athletic Conplex (NAAC, Hwy. 93 and 64th in Arvada).

All students who are wearing a Mullen t-shirt and have their Mullen ID get free pizza at the gate.

We will be located in the southeast corner of the stadium parking lot.  Come cheer on the 2017  MUSTANGS!!

The game will also be televised live on the NFHS network,

Boys golfers finish 11th at Cherry Creek Invitational
Monday, August 21, 2017

Mullen boys golfers finished 11th as a team in the Cherry Creek Invitational on Monday at Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City.

The Mustangs totaled 236 strokes to finish 11th in a 23-team field.

There were two four-man teams for Mullen.

Mullen Blue -- Thomas Hicks 77, Eli Marquez 78, Sean Wallace 81 and Joseph Long 89.

Mullen White -- Mario Dino 78, Nic Mayhan 79, Rhett Johnson 79 and Cole Reister 82.

 

JV golfers take third place at Heather Ridge
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Competing at Heather Ridge Golf Course in the Bishop Machebeuf Invitational, Mullen players faced a par-70. It’s a tight course built in 1972 that was private, then purchased by surrounding homeowners in 2010 and turned public.

The Mustangs posted individual scores ranging from 77 to more than 110, according to head coach Jerry Koehler.

Leading the way was Eli Marquez, who also was Mullen’s top scorer earlier in the week in varsity at The Broadlands G.C. in Broomfield. He shot 9-over-par 79 and finished third. Joseph Long was fourth with 80; Blake Good 20th with 90; and Jakob Beckish 24th at 92.

The varsity will play on Thursday at Meadow Hills G.C. in Aurora, the first Centennial League match of the season.

--- Neil H. Devlin

 

Precious few days remain for summer down time, so why panic?
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

 A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N … is making them wait.

With precious few days before the widespread start of fall practice as well as the first day of school, what’s a fall student-athlete to do?

Cram for a bunch of workouts and weight-room sessions? Go for long runs or sprints? Or nab a little – and probably much-needed – down time before the beginning of a busy stretch?

These are the thoughts that must be crossing the minds of teenagers not only here, but across the country.

Call it part of the process, including growing up.

So fret not. Preseason practice (Aug. 14) soon will be here. And so will the first day of school (if they haven’t started already).

And enjoy.

 

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