WEST WINFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 2011 season ended abruptly for the Mount Markham boys soccer team, as they lost to Marcellus 8-0 in the first round of sectionals. 2012 started almost as harshly, but the Mustangs have come charging back with a five game unbeaten streak, keeping their postseason hopes alive.
Charlie Engle, the team's head coach for over four decades, reached a big milestone last year, surpassing 600 wins.
But this year he and his players would love to reach a goal that has eluded the Mustangs for nearly a decade: win a section title, this year in Class C.
"We were the smallest B," says Engle. "We had an overtime game with Skaneateles in the sectionals and they went on to win the state championship, we did the same thing with Westhill down in Cortland State and they won the state championship. There were two or three years if we'd be in Class C, I think we'd had a good chance."
Tyler Plows has been a big reason for the team's turnaround this year, scoring a plethora of goals, including seven in one game.
"We've been winning some games and we just tied Sherburne who beat us 3-0 first game," said Plows. "Being in Class C definitely helps everyone, keep our heads up from that tough loss last year. I think we can definitely win some sectional games this year."