Mt. Pleasant soccer splits doubleheader with Marion
The No. 15 Mt. Pleasant boys’ soccer team picked up a 2-1 victory over Marion last night in a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader at East Lake Park. The Mt. Pleasant girls, also ranked 15th, dropped a 3-0 decision to the Indians.
In the boys’ match, Derek Holtkamp found the back of the net in the first minute of play, assisted by Bo Vitale and Yiannis Steryiannis.
Marion evened the score on a penalty kick with seven minutes left in the first half, and the teams went into halftime tied at 1.
In the second half, Vitale took his turn at a penalty kick, which turned in the game-winning goal. The last 28 minutes were scoreless as the Panthers held off Marion for the win.
“We started out great (with Holtkamp’s early goal), then we took the rest of the first half off — we didn’t play as well as we could have,” Coach Neil Schmitz said. “We came out strong in the second half, though, and limited Marion to only four shots on goal and six shots total.”
Marion had 12 shots in the first half, and on the night, Panther keeper Michael Alderson made eight saves.
The team is now 8-2 on the season and are still 6-1 in the Southeast Conference.
In the girls’ match, Marion first scored with 10 minutes remaining in the first half for a 1-0 lead at the break. Their two second half scores came with 19 and seven minutes remaining in the match.
A strong Marion defense limited the Panthers to four shots on the evening. Holly Long and Megan Myers combined for all four shots.
Goalkeeper Lauren Hillman kept the Panthers in the match early by recording seven saves in the first half, and she added three more in the second period.
“Coming in off the bench, Sarah Van Dorin, Addison Gomez, Elisa Monteiro and Maddy Long played well for the Panthers,” Coach Ed Chabal said. “We have a stretch now in the season where we are playing some quality teams, and we need to fine-tune some of our skills in practice to be competitive in all of our remaining matches.”
The Panthers are now 8-2 on the season and remain 5-0 in the SEC.
Both Mt. Pleasant teams will play Washington on Thursday in their final SEC game. The girls will host the Demons at East Lake Park while the boys travel to play at Washington.
The Mt. Pleasant girls will also be hosting the soccer regional semifinal game on May 28, at 5 p.m., which will be against the winner of the May 23 regional game between Keokuk and Burlington.