The Mustangs (12-5-4, 5-2-3 in league) finished tied for second in the
PCL and knocked the Artists (6-8-6, 3-4-3) out of playoff contention.
Mesa is tied with University, which was swept by the Mustangs this
"I'm very proud of them," said Johnston, who made frequent
substitutions throughout the game, including Krikorian. "That's the
nicest thing about this team. I have so many mix and match players and
when they get in there they can make an impact. In that regard this is
one of my best Mesa teams."
Krikorian's goal came from a corner kick by senior Lisa Dunn. Junior
Sharon Day, who completed a dazzling performance, set up the corner kick
with a shot on goal.
Dunn also booted a corner kick that set up junior Kristen Bagwell's
goal in the 51st minute. A shot by Day led to that corner kick as well.
Bagwell also scored in the 1-1 tie with Laguna Beach in the first round
"We score on it so much in practice," Dunn said of the corner kick
plays. "It's nice to know we can do it in a game. This has been a very
good season for us. We know we can rise to our opponents."
Cost Mesa trailed, 1-0, less than three minutes in, when Laguna Beach
scored on a corner kick play.
However, the Mustangs held the Artists scoreless the rest of the way
thanks to sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gentling (seven saves), junior
sweeper Devin Denman, senior Natalee Schoetler, senior Sarah Ronquillo
and freshman Nilani Duarte. Sophomores Rachel Hughes and Julie Nomura and
freshman Rachel Ronquillo were key substitutes throughout the game and
contributed greatly in the winning effort.