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Panther boys blank Demons

Mt. Pleasant moves to substate final with dominant win
May 24, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Ethan Oilar watches the ball come down to his foot for a clear in the second half.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The Mt. Pleasant boys’ soccer team looked razor sharp in its substate tournament semifinal game against rival Washington on Wednesday evening. The Panthers shut down the Demons 4-0 to move one win away from a state tournament berth.

The Panthers put the pressure on early and often, keeping the ball on their scoring side for the vast majority of the game. The first half saw a flurry of shots go in the direction of Demon keeper Ben Baughman, and Mt. Pleasant had two of those shots slip by.

Paris Chounlamany had both first half goals for Mt. Pleasant. Chounlamany picked up his first goal with 29:03 remaining in the half, sniping one in through the left side of the goal off an assist from Jadyn Vongsavath.

Then, with just under 20 minutes remaining in the period, Chounlamany scored again. This time it was off a rebound, as Carlos Figueroa-Garcia’s shot went off Baughman and straight to the Chounlamany’s foot. The Panther senior knocked it in and it was 2-0.

“He’s done that several times this season,” Panther head coach Neil Schmitz said about Chounlamany’s fast start. “He’s done a great job up there. With him and Jadyn up there, those two guys work well together.”

Payton Kelly made it 3-0 with 28:14 remaining in the second half. Kelly launched a shot from outside of the box, which flew past Baughman and into the net.

The final goal was an own goal by a Washington defender. Ovidio Reyes Cardona sent a shot into the Demon box. The defender attempted to clear it out of bounds, but the ball went into the far side of the net and the Panther lead was at 4-0.

After the game, Coach Schmitz praised his team’s fast start and also the defensive effort to hold Washington’s offense down all night. In particular, Schmitz said senior defender Maison Ashton was a key to keeping the Demons out of the net.

“He’s just so fast and he reads the ball so well,” Schmitz said. “It’s just hard for any team to score coming up the middle.’

Mt. Pleasant will play next in the substate game against undefeated Marion, which is ranked second in Class 2A by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association. That game will be in Marion on Saturday, May 26.

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