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September 17, 2013

Girls soccer: Three score for Midd-West as Mustangs blank Milton

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Midd-West's defense never let Milton get a shot off from inside the 18-yard box, holding the Black Panthers to long shots. The Black Panthers ended the night with seven shots: three from Alexa Landis and two from Mackenna Miller.

"That's something we're still continuously working on," Goodling said of his team's defensive effort. "Last week that was something specifically we worked on: how our defense is supposed to be reacting on the field to where the ball is. The girls are getting it. (We) still have some fine-tuning to do, but they're getting it definitely."

Midd-West's final goal of the game came with 1:22 remaining in regulation, and it surprised even Makenzi Kauffman, who kicked it.

Kauffman fired a shot roughly 25 yards deep and saw it land a few feet in front of Lincoln in the goal. Kauffman turned around expecting Lincoln to catch it, only to hear cheers as her ball bounced over Lincoln's head and into the net for the third goal of the game.

Milton did have a handful of chances to put a score on the board.

The Black Panthers' Landis dribbled a ball to the front of the 18-yard box and fired to the near post. Midd-West's Paige Kauffman had a great diving stop to knock it away and prevent the go-ahead goal.

Landis again had a great chance to put one in as Milton trailed 1-0 with 24:19 remaining when she got a pass dead center of the 18-yard box and dribbled it around a little before finally rifling a shot. Kauffman blocked the shot before scooping it up.

"We played pretty much 80 minutes of soccer tonight, something we haven't put together yet this season and the girls, they worked hard," Goodling said. "(The first goal) knocked the wind out of their sails a little bit and then they just kept up the pressure. It was a good night."

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