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MP girls top Mepo, win SEC title outright

May 16, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Chloe Warner boots the ball downfield during Mt. Pleasant’s 2-1 win over Mediapolis on Tuesday.

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News


Tuesday night was filled with good news for the Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team. Not only did the Panthers pick up a 2-1 non-conference win over Mediapolis, but they received the help they needed to stand alone at the top of the SEC.

The Panthers had to battle back from an early 1-0 deficit. Mediapolis scored in the first two minutes of the game, knocking one in off a fastbreak down the middle of the field.

“That’s what happens when you start slow,” Coach Brennan Williams said after the game. “We weren’t quite locked in and ready to go to start (and) that came back to bite us. But we woke up from it and that’s what matters. We didn’t dwell on it, corrected the mistake and moved forward.”

The Panthers tied the game with 17 minutes left in the first half. Anna Ostby fired the game-tying shot in off a cross from Mary West, which was also touched up by Kalyssa Longhurst, giving both West and Longhurst the assist. The game would stay tied at 1-1 throughout the first half.

With 17:30 remaining, Kaela Welcher sent in the game-winning goal. Welcher fired the ball past the Bullette keeper after a Mediapolis turnover, making it 2-1, where it would stay.

As Mt. Pleasant’s game winded down, Ft. Madison and Keokuk prepared to play in an important SEC matchup at Calvert Stadium in Keokuk. Mt. Pleasant needed the Bloodhounds to knock off Keokuk in order to win the conference outright with a 6-2 record. If Keokuk won, the Panthers and Chiefs would finish in a tie for first.

Lucky for Mt. Pleasant, the Bloodhounds had just enough. After blowing a two-goal lead in the second half to take a 4-3 deficit, Ft. Madison staged a comeback of their own, scoring the last two goals of the game and handing the Chiefs their third loss of the season.

The SEC champs will be at Wapello for their final regular season game on Thursday, May 17, in a game beginning at 5 p.m.

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