Antonio Melendez continued his torrid scoring pace with four goals in an 8-0 Muscatine boys soccer win against Mount Vernon at Saturday's Linn-Mar Challenger Cup Invitational before the team fell silent offensively in a 2-0 loss to Cedar Falls.
That pushes the senior's total for goals scored up to eight this season, which is tied for the fourth most in the state, regardless of class.
"(Melendez) is our center back, so we put him in the back line as a defender, but he is basically all over the field," Muscatine coach Jose Varela said. "He's carrying us in more ways than one. He's very valuable to our team."
Dylan McGill, Brighton Kraft, Eddie Treiber and Jose Muniz each added a goal in that first match, while Kobe Vasquez finished with four saves and Carson Borde three.
"I think overall it was a pretty good team win," Varela said. "All the things that we talked about we were able to do. We always talk about moving the ball quickly and spreading the field, playing as wide as possible. The first game we were able to do that. We moved things around, got their team out of position and took advantage of it."
Just the opposite occurred for the Muskies in the second contest after a break in between games appeared to wipe away some of their momentum.
"We couldn't get things going," Varela said. "The score was not out of hand. It was pretty in control. We weren't playing as wide as we wanted to. We weren't able to react to the ball as quickly as we wanted to. We weren't winning the 50-50 balls.
"So basically, everything that went right the first game, we struggled with in the second game. We have to learn to win those and be mentally strong."