The Lutheran High Mustangs finished off their regular season over the weekend and in the process clinched a playoff berth for their fourth consecutive season. The Mustangs, who controlled their own destiny in determining their playoff position could finish as high as second or as low as fifth based on the outcomes.
In Friday nights tussle with Universal City First Baptist, the Mustangs came out roaring and dominated the match from the get go. Senior Ethan Maller continued his torrid season long goal scoring campaign with a goal in the 3rd minute. Later in the half, Maller connected again to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead at the half. Early in the second half Maller scored off the assist from Marissa Thompson to give him the hat trick. Junior David Wenthe added a goal in the 70th minute as he put in the header off the assist from Roman Juarez. Juarez would net another assist, this time connecting with Maller in the late stages to give Maller four goals on the day. The Mustangs 5-0 victory clinched a playoff spot.
On Saturday, Lutheran traveled to Austin to take on Waldorf in a pivotal high stakes match. With a win, the Mustangs would secure the two seed in district and a home playoff game, but a loss would drop them to fourth and a trip to the Valley to take on perennial powerhouse Kingsville Pan American.
Waldorf struck first with a goal in the 14th minute. Right before the half, Maller knocked in a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1. That is the way the score would stay until Waldorf found the back of the net with only minutes remaining in regulation. Waldorf would hang on and secure the 2-1 victory.
Lutheran High finished the regular season 5-5 with 29 goals scored and 29 goals allowed. They earned the four seed and will be playing Pan American next week to open the 2018 Playoffs. The date and time has not been set yet.