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Fall '21: Change in leadership on the pitch

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Degitis now in command of 'Stangs; returning experience a plus in return to a regular season.

(Sixth in a series of Mustangs previews for Fall 2021.)


There is something new and something old for Mullen boys soccer.

New is former assistant coach Matt Degitis has been named interim head man for both the boys and girls programs.

Old is returning experience – the Mustangs lost only three seniors from a year ago, when they went a convincing 8-2, led the Centennial League in scoring and somehow failed to qualify for the Class 4A playoffs.

“Our central back line returns,” said Degitis, who also has coached at Mountain Range. “We have a lot of chemistry in the backfield and a good foundation.”

Leo Aguilar, Andrew DeBerardinis, Eli Kerschen, a sound scorer, Cody Muir and Jack Sargent are some of the names to be hard regularly as our keepers Andrew McGrath and Mitch Ringman.

The Mustangs tied for the 5A Centennial title in the COVID-19-based 2020 season that was contested in the new Season C, but Degitis said “the league will be more challenging … we did have an advantage lastr year, we were a sleeper, but those days are gone.

“The league teams will take us very seriously. I think our boys will be up to the occasion.”

Back to a 15-match schedule, Mullen will have a mix of 5A and 4A opponents. It will open play on the road on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Battle Mountain in Edwards, 11 a.m.

The Mustangs’ first home match will be Wednesday, Aug. 25, against Erie, 4:30 p.m.
 
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