District soccer: Mosley shuts out Rutherford to advance

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Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 22:36 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Some soccer teams seem reticent to put the ball on goal when a scoring opportunity is presented.

Mosley’s mindset is precisely the opposite.

The Dolphins looked to score every time they advanced the ball into Rutherford’s half of the field, and Mosley finished with a 6-0 victory over the Rams in the District 2-3A semifinals at the Mike Gavlak Sports Complex on Tuesday night.

“I do think we’re playing our best soccer (of the season), but I feel we can play better,” said junior Rachel Bates, who scored Mosley’s first two goals against the Rams. “We’re possessing the ball, and we’re not just playing kick ball.”

Mosley (10-1-2) will return to the same facility Friday night to play Arnold in the district title game at 7 p.m. The winner will host a Region 1-3A quarterfinal game next Thursday. The loser will play its quarterfinal matchup on the road.

“It’s very important because they played us hard all year long,” Bates said. “They’re a big rival of ours, and they have a lot of people we know.”

Bates scored her goals in the first 19 minutes against the Rams to spot Mosley a quick lead and spark the rout. She tallied her first goal in the eighth minute, and she was the first player to reach a loose ball at the edge of the 18-yard box and rocketed a shot into the back of the net for a two-goal margin.

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