MP soccer teams top Washington, 4-0
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team traveled to Washington on Monday for a Southeast Conference matchup and came away with a 4-0 win.
The boys’ team hosted the Demons and also won by a score of 4-0.
In the girls’ match, Holly Long began the scoring in the 11th minute with an assist from Allie Liechty.
That’s all the Panthers would need for the win, as the defense recorded another strong night, but the Panthers added three more goals before time expired.
Madison Pullis scored her first goal of the year in the 18th minute off of an assist from Long, and the score remained 2-0 at half.
Megan Myers gave the Panthers a strong start six minutes into the second half by finding the back of the net off of Long’s second assist on the night.
Hattie Liechty finished the scoring in the 69th minute to give the Panthers the 4-0 win.
“It was another strong defensive performance to give the Panthers their fourth shutout in six matches,” Coach Ed Chabal said.
Keeper Lauren Hillman recorded 10 saves on the night.
“Team depth is a strong point this season, and the reserves provided a solid performance in anticipation for the three scheduled matches this week,” Chabal said. “Sarah Van Dorin, Maddie Long, Addison Gomez, Hattie Liechty, Shael Styron and Nicole Sandoval came in to provide valuable minutes in the win.”
The Panther girls are now 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in the conference.
Their home match against Mid-Prairie for today has been postponed to May 17; they will return to conference play on Thursday when they travel to Fairfield. That match begins at 4:30 p.m.
In the boys’ match against Washington, the Panthers got a slow start.
The match was scoreless through nearly the entire first half, until Liam Clancy found the back of the net with just three seconds left to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at halftime.
“You could definitely tell that we’ve only had one practice in the last five days,” Coach Neil Schmitz said.
The weather has been keeping Mt. Pleasant off the practice field.
“In the first half, you could tell,” Schmitz said. “They picked it up, it just took them a while to get back into the flow of the game.”
In the second half, Derek Holtkamp got the ball past the Washington keeper 15 minutes in, on an assist from Bo Vitale.
Three minutes later, Yiannis Steryiannis put in another goal for the Panthers, on an assist from Clancy.
Clancy then finished the scoring with 11 minutes left in the match.
In the Mt. Pleasant goal, Michael Alderson had four saves as he recorded his third straight shut out.
The Panthers hope that the weather holds enough for them to practice this week in preparation for matches against Fairfield on Thursday and Burlington on Friday. Both matches will be played at East Lake Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.