Jared Homer's return to Mustang as the boys' soccer coach last season didn't go as he had envisioned.
The former All-State soccer player at Mustang and kicker for the Broncos' football team did not expect a 1-12 season from a program that usually makes the playoffs each year.
“Miserable doesn't do it justice,” Homer said of last year's season. “It was a grind. We tried different tactics.
“Our issue last year was scoring goals. We did fine stopping teams. We couldn't find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Mustang, which started four freshmen and three sophomores a year ago, scored just eight goals last season and four came in the Broncos' lone win over Lawton.
But things have flipped for Homer and the Broncos to start the 2013 season. Mustang is 3-0 and already has scored more goals (10) than last year's season total.
Mustang owns victories over Yukon and Putnam City North, coming from behind in both games. Against Putnam City North, Mustang trailed 3-1 but scored four goals in the final 20 minutes.
“We've really played better than expected,” Homer said. “We have played two really good teams in Yukon and Putnam City North and found a way to win both of them.”
In their last game before the spring break on Tuesday, the Broncos remained unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over Carl Albert.
The Broncos have been led in scoring by senior Nathan Whitey and junior Colton Haskin, who each have four goals and two assists already this season. Homer calls Haskin the Broncos' most dynamic player.
“He can make things happen,” Homer said. “We try to go through him with everything. He has taken on the role this year as our playmaker.”
Mustang took its lumps last season by playing so many freshmen and sophomores, but it seems to be paying off for the Broncos this season.
“We kind of threw guys in the fire and had to have them grow up a little bit, and they have,” Homer said.
Mustang is eyeing a return to the playoffs but plays in a tough district that includes defending state and national champion Norman North, perennial power Edmond Memorial, U.S. Grant, Putnam City, Westmoore and Lawton.
Mustang returns to action after spring break when it hosts the Bronco Cup. The eight-team field includes Edmond North, Putnam City North, Norman, Bixby, Bartlesville, Westmoore and Guymon.
Key dates for the high school soccer season
March 28-30: Tournament week
April 2: District play begins
April 30: First round of playoffs
May 3: Second round of playoffs
May 7: Semifinals of playoffs
May 10-11: State championships