Frustration was mounting for Monica Munoz on Tuesday night.
The T.F. United striker, who scored 14 goals in three games last week, had several scoring chances in the first half against Evergreen Park, but couldn’t connect.
“I was kind of disappointed in myself,” she said. “I had a lot of chances and could have scored a lot.”
Early in the second half, she broke through.
Munoz took a pass from Jessica Saavedra, got behind the defense and fired a shot past Mustangs goalie Lily Lopez for the game’s only goal as visiting T.F. United escaped with a 1-0 win in the South Suburban crossover.
“Jessica sent me the ball,” Munoz said. “Their defenders are pretty fast, so I took a long touch and went after it and then just took the shot. It felt good to finally score.”
The goal was the latest of many highlights this season for Munoz, who has made the transition from center midfielder to forward seamlessly.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “I’m still learning to play forward. (T.F. United coach Alejandro Lagunas) is taking me through it and teaching me a lot.”
Lupita Arambula recorded the shutout for T.F. United (5-3, 4-1), which won its fourth straight game. Evergreen Park fell to 1-4-1, 0-4.
“Everyone’s starting to fall into place and we’re improving game by game,” Lagunas said. “People are starting to double Monica, so we need other girls to step up. This was an off day for us, but we’re happy to get the win.”
The Mustangs, who got four saves from Lopez, turned in a strong effort defensively, but could not generate enough offense.
Evergreen Park nearly found the equalizer with 16:45 left when Zoe Monks made a nice move past a defender and sent a line drive off the post.
The T.F. United defense, including Callie Barnum, Melissa Garcia, Brenda Hernandez and Elizabeth Ramirez held the Mustangs to one shot on goal.
“Our defense, led by Beth Gazevich, turned in a great effort,” Evergreen Park coach Thea Johnson said. “We just couldn’t get it done offensively. Every game we play is extremely close. It’s frustrating, but it’s encouraging. We just keep falling a little short.”