By Chuck Reherman
When it comes to ‘Bedlam on the Pitch,’ Mustang has owned the series.
Yukon made their statement to change that Tuesday night.
The Millerettes used a Myka Heimbach first half hat trick and Yukon held on to beat the Lady Broncos, 4-2, in their annual clash.
The Millerettes, 3-1, were coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 shootout loss to Norman and were looking to pull off an upset of the unbeaten Lady Broncos.
Yukon made their statement less than eight minutes into the match and Heimbach record her hat trick with a pair of goals in the final four minutes of the half to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
“We have not beaten Mustang in regular season since I have been here,” head coach Steve Scott said. “Now, we have beaten them in things like the Spring Thaw and in a tournament, but never in the regular season, so this feels pretty good.
“Things did get a little tense when Mustang scored their second goal,” he added. “We were trying to figure out subs. Basically it what No. 7 (Samantha See), we knew at halftime that we needed to keep on it. She just kept coming back and getting into space and we weren’t staying up with her, or as she left our backs and getting into the midfield, our midfielders were not picking her up. Every time she got the ball she would turn and run. You can’t let girls like that get away, they will kill you and she did.”
Mustang did make their run, cutting the lead to 3-1 on a Nikki Lohr goal at the 53-49 mark. See scored at the 63:06 mark to make it 3-2 and had another chance to tie the match, but goal keeper Grace Crowell came up with the save.
The Millerettes put the capper on the match at the 76 minute mark on a penalty kick from Erin Enmark.
Enmark’s kick came after Ashlynn Williams was fouled in the goal box by the Mustang keeper, who came out and collided with Williams before she could get a shot away.
Enmark drilled the kick to the right corner, but the keeper made the deflection. Enmark, though raced to get the rebound and put the shot into the net.
“We knew Mustang would put a comeback in,” Scott said., “We told the girls at halftime that they were going to come back organized, hungry and on fire. We just have to play our game and what allowed it was we played a lot of long ball and cleared it instead of driving it and keeping it like we did the whole first half.
“Toward the end, we started possessing it more and we were able to get the PK (penalty kick),” he said. “We have a lot of confidence in Erin, she is one of our best shooters. Ashlynn is too, she just got taken out. We have five really good PK shooters. Erin was hot and off the rebound, was just spot on for Erin.”
Heimbach gave the Millerettes the lead with a goal four minutes into the match. She took a long pass on a breakaway, beat her defender and scored from 12 yards out.
Heimbach scored again at the nine minute mark again on a breakaway, She beat her defender on the dribble, turned and wheeled in the shot for a 2-0 lead.
Heimbach made it a hat trick, scoring with less than a minute remaining. She took a pass from Asley Baker to set up the score.
“What we did the first half is what we have been telling the players all the time,” Scott said. “They know they have the speed, the talent and ability, but it takes more than that. You can be one of the best players, but you have to have the mental toughness and play through adversity. We did tonight.”
By Chuck Reherman