Panther boys roll Ft. Madison, girls dealt first loss
The Mt. Pleasant boys’ soccer team dominated Ft. Madison in a Southeast Conference matchup, 7-0, upping its season record to 7-2 overall (6-1 SEC) and continuing its fight for the conference title.
The Panthers got their first goal 15 minutes into the match when Bo Vitale scored, unassisted.
Later in the first half, they went on a scoring spree, finding the back of the net four times in the seven minutes before halftime.
Liam Clancy started it off, putting in a goal on an assist by Jayden McKenzie, who was playing his first varsity match.
Vitale then scored again on an assist from Zoom Gwamna, and just 20 seconds later, the Panthers took the ball from the Bloodhounds and Vitale put in another goal, completing his first-half hat trick on an assist from Clancy.
Gwamna got in one last goal at the buzzer to give Mt. Pleasant a 5-0 halftime lead.
Gwamna scored again just over three minutes into the second half on an assist from Jorge Blancas, and Vitale wrapped up the scoring with his fourth goal of the night with 21 minutes left to play.
In goal for the Panthers, Michael Alderson had five saves and recorded his fourth shut out of the season.
“We had strong defensive play,” Coach Neil Schmitz said. “Josh Stott moved into the starting lineup and is playing very well, doing a nice job defensively.”
Overall, Schmitz was happy with his team’s performance in the miserable weather.
“We’re starting to play really well again,” he said.
“We still have a couple guys injured, but we’re controlling the ball.”
The Panthers play again tomorrow when they host Burlington Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m., and they then compete in a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader on Monday against Marion.
On Thursday next week, they wrap up conference play with a match against Washington. Currently, both Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield have just one loss in SEC play, but Fairfield has four matches left on its conference schedule.
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team traveled to Burlington yesterday and came away with its first loss of the year, falling to the Grayhounds, 5-0.
On the bright side, the Panthers were also listed in the Class 2A rankings yesterday, and Coach Ed Chabal believes that its the first time in school history that the girls’ soccer team has been ranked.
“The Panthers did break into the state rankings at 15th in Class 2A, which is a great tribute to their hard work this season,” Chabal said.
In last night’s match, Burlington scored its first goal midway into the first half and added a second goal with eight minutes remaining to take the 2-0 halftime lead. They scored three more in the second half.
Lauren Hillman recorded 10 saves on the night.
“Team speed on the Burlington side, along with excellent ball control and disciplined passing, provided a challenge for our defense and midfield,” Chabal said. “Defenders Megan Schneider, Mila Argueta and Kathryn Chabal played were tested all night long and played well in the loss. Forwards Holly Long and Megan Myers were able to move the ball well but the Burlington defense limited the scoring opportunities.”
Long had the Panthers’ only shot on the night.
The Panthers are now 8-1 on the season (5-0 in the SEC), and can’t be overtaken in the conference standings: every other team has at least two losses, and Mt. Pleasant has only one SEC match left on its schedule.
The Panther girls return to East Lake Park on Monday to play the first match of the doubleheader against Marion at 4:15 p.m.