Mt. Pleasant soccer nets a pair of wins over Fairfield
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team played its first conference match on Monday evening at East Lake Park against Fairfield and came out on top by a score of 3-0.
The boys’ team won a 3-2 match at Fairfield on Monday, giving the Panthers a sweep of their conference rivals.
In the girls’ match, Holly Long scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season and Megan Meyers added a goal of her own to round out the scoring.
Assists were recorded by Meyers and Liechty.
Meyers’ goal and one of Long’s goals came in the first half, giving the Panthers at 2-0 lead at halftime.
Long scored her second goal in the second half for some insurance, but the Panthers only needed one for the win in their third shut out in as many matches so far this year.
“Lauren Hillman once again came out strong in goal by recording 14 saves on the evening, including a save on a Fairfield penalty kick,” Coach Ed Chabal said.
A strong defense in front of Hillman limited the shots on goal.
“The outside midfielders — Erin Watt, Allie Liechty, Sarah Van Dorin and Maddy Long — gave the team good ball movement, which lead to scoring opportunities throughout the match,” Chabal said.
The team is now 3-0 on the season.
The girls travel to Keokuk on Thursday evening for a JV/Varsity doubleheader.
In the boys’ second game of the season, the Panthers maintained a lead over their SEC opponents throughout the match.
Yiannis Steryiannis had the first goal of the match, and it came in the first minute of the match, giving the Panthers an early lead.
“We definitely had improved play,” Coach Neil Schmitz said. “We controlled the game and controlled the ball; there was better passing and movement by the team as a whole.”
Later in the first half, Fairfield scored on a penalty kick after Mt. Pleasant was called for a hand ball, but the Panthers didn’t let the score remain knotted for long. Just one minute after Fairfield’s goal, Mt. Pleasant took its turn with a penalty kick, and Bo Vitale put it in for a 2-1 lead, which the Panthers would take into halftime.
Mt. Pleasant scored again when Zoom Gwamna, assisted by Derek Holtkamp, found the back of the net just over two minutes into the second half.
Fairfield got within one goal again with 10 minutes left to play, but couldn’t force overtime.
“They put a lot of pressure on us in the last 10 minutes, but the defense was able to hold on,” Schmitz said.
Keeper Michael Alderson had six saves in the match.
“All in all, it was a good game,” Schmitz said.
The Panthers will play against another SEC opponent on Thursday, when the boys host Keokuk at East Lake Park at 4:30 p.m.
The girls’ travel to play a match at Keokuk on Thursday, starting at 5 p.m.