By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Mullen drops Centennial League Challenge to Cherokee Trail to cap Season D; 'Stangs will lose only 4 seniors for 2022; coach says future is bright for program.
AURORA – Mullen’s cap to the new Season D occurred on Friday night at Legacy Stadium and it was indicative of the unusual 2021 as well as an eye toward 2022.
The Mustangs lost 1-0 to host Cherokee Trail in a finale of the Centennial League Challenge, a concocted three-match outlay to a shortened season that was a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Throw in the late start, conflicts with summer and club play, a smaller playoff bracket … but Mustangs head coach Matthew Guglielmo won’t hear of it, saying he doesn’t pay attention to the “peripheral” things.
“This year just wasn’t in the cards for us, we just couldn’t beat the good teams,” he added.
The Class 4A Mustangs, who gave up a goal in the 60th minute and won’t advance to the Colorado playoffs, ended 3-7 in the 5A based Centennial, but displayed gradual improvement.
“We went from those first couple of games of barely just hanging in there, but I thought we looked really good (at the end),” Guglielmo said.
Plus, Mullen will lose only four seniors.
“Oh, yeah,” he said, “we have players returning to the program, four who play at the highest level of club soccer … watch out, next year is going to be serious.”