MP girls get first victory, boys fall to Bloodhounds
FT. MADISON — Lauren Ralls had a hat trick and the Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team claimed a 5-1 victory over Southeast Conference foe Ft. Madison on Monday.
It was the Panther girls’ first win of the season, and they did it in a big way.
Megan Myers added two goals of her own, assisted by Ralls on both. Maddy Long assisted on Ralls’ first goal of the match.
“We’ve been waiting for Lauren (Ralls) and Megan (Myers) to get situated and break out of their slump,” Coach Brennan Williams said. “We’ve been expecting this from both of them — they’re offensive leaders.”
Tiffany Liechty made four saves in goal for Mt. Pleasant.
The Panthers are now 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in the SEC.
The boys’ team dropped to 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference with a 3-2 loss to Ft. Madison at East Lake Park on Monday.
The Panthers were on the scoreboard first in the match, as Yiannis Steryiannis found the back of the net just seven minutes in. He was assisted by Ryan Hutchinson.
Mt. Pleasant held on to that 1-0 lead until late in the first half.
“We had a defensive breakdown, and a Ft. Madison goal tied it,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Neil Schmitz said.
But it wasn’t just the defense that came up short.
“We had four to five solid opportunities in the first half, and just didn’t get the goal,” Schmitz said.
The Bloodhounds took advantage of the momentum they had, scoring two more goals in the second half to go up 3-1.
Mt. Pleasant cut the lead to just one when Jayden McKenzie scored with just over 17 minutes left to play, but that’s all the Panthers would manage before time expired.
“We should have come out victorious,” Schmitz said.
Alex Le was in goal for the Panthers and made seven saves on the day.
“He did a great job, but Ft. Madison was able to capitalize (on the defensive lapse),” Schmitz said.
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ JV team lost by a score of 2-1. The Panthers’ only goal scored by Sophia Cam.
The Mt. Pleasant soccer teams will play again Thursday. The girls host Holy Trinity at East Lake Park, and the boys travel to Burlington. The boys play at East Lake Park Friday for a makeup game against Fairfield.