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MARBLE FALLS —A 3-0 loss to Cedar Park High March 2 did little to dampen the spirits of the Marble Falls High School girls soccer team.

That’s because the Lady Mustangs (0-6) lost to the Lady Timberwolves 8-0 in the first meeting.

“We’re going to keep getting better,” head coach Paulette Moczygemba said.

Cedar Park didn’t score until only one minute 35 seconds of the first half remained. The ball skimmed the hand of the goalie, hit the left post and bounced in.

The Lady Timberwolves added the second goal four minutes into the second half and the third with 22:02 remaining.

Moczygemba attributed the difference in goals to several factors.

First, Cristina Sanchez and Megan Morgan were moved to midfield, which utilized their speed and instincts in getting the ball and distributing it. That’s why Marble Falls was able to get more offensive shots as opposed to constantly being on the defensive.

Second, the Lady Mustangs communicated their movements, so instead of everyone running to the ball, they committed to staying in their area, the coach said.

“You have your midfield playing in such a way to cut off angled passes,” she said. “When they were getting off shots, we’d be there.”

The game March 2 capped a productive week for the Lady Mustangs, but not because they won. Rather because they’re seeing the results of their hard practices in games and studying film, Moczygemba said.

They scored only the second goal Leander Vandegrift has given up in District 51-4A play in an 8-1 loss Feb. 27.

Marble Falls will host Cedar Park Vista Ridge 6 p.m. March 5 at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.

jfierro@thepicayune.com