Panthers sweep Keokuk
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team continued Southeast Conference play at home against Keokuk Monday night and came out on top, 2-1, in a match decided by penalty kicks.
Keokuk was first to score, marking the first time this season the Panther girls have trailed in a game.
Linzie Hood evened the match with a direct kick over the keeper’s head from 25 yards out with 5:21 remaining in the first half.
The score remained 1-1 through the 40-minute second half and two 10-minute overtimes. Keokuk had the wind in the second half, but the defense stood strong to turn back their shots.
“Keokuk was a well-disciplined team that had some great speed, but the defense was able to limit the number of quality shots,” Coach Ed Chabal said.
In the penalty kick shootout following the overtimes, Holly Long, Kathryn Chabal and Megan Myers each converted her kick, and Lauren Hillman had two saves in goal to give the 3-1 advantage to the Panthers. Hillman also had 20 saves during the match.
The Panther girls are now 8-0 on the year (5-0 SEC) and will continue play Thursday evening in Burlington at 5 p.m. in a JV/varsity doubleheader.
The Panther boys also picked up a win over Keokuk on Monday night, taking the road contest by a score of 2-1.
The first half of the match was scoreless. In the second half, Yiannis Steryiannis — who has been struggling with injury in the last few matches — came off the bench to get the first goal for the Panthers. Steryiannis got the rebound off a shot from Anh Le and put it in to make it 1-0.
Keokuk scored to tied the score about five minutes later, but the winning goal came from Brach Prough, assisted by Bo Vitale, with six minutes left to play.
Michael Alderson had eight saves in goal on the night.
The Panthers (6-2, 5-1 SEC) play at East Lake Park on Thursday when they host Ft. Madison at 4:30 p.m.