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Panther girls drop home game to HTC

Apr 20, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Mellanie Vargas boots the ball downfield during Mt. Pleasant’s 4-0 loss to Holy Trinity Catholic on Thursday evening.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team faced their toughest opponent yet on Thursday evening at East Lake Park. The Panthers fell 4-0 against a very tough Holy Trinity Catholic squad.

The Panthers were on their heels in the first half, battling a strong Crusader offense. Mt. Pleasant was able to hold HTC for almost 15 minutes before HTC’s Elle Rashid broke the 0-0 tie with a goal in the 15th minute.

The Crusaders really put the pressure on in the final 20 minutes of the half. Mt. Pleasant goalkeeper Ayden Ross was able to keep the ball out of the net after a mad scramble led to a quality Crusader header with 15 minutes remaining in the half, but HTC’s Taylor Boeding scored a goal one minute later to make it 2-0 before halftime.

Mt. Pleasant moved the ball a lot better in the second half. Mary West had a little space for a shot with 23:20 left in the game but sent one wide right. HTC’s Nicole Pothitakis was able to score on the other side, making it 3-0 with 22:05 left.

The last goal of the game went to Boeding again, which made the score 4-0 with 19:38 left. West sent a rocket towards the goal with 3:25 remaining, but the HTC keeper made a diving save, leaving the Panthers scoreless.

“It was a learning process for us, being able to play a quality team and learn from what they do,” Panther head coach Brennan Williams said after the game. “It was 2-0 for a while, which was good, and then obviously in that second half, you have to try to make some chances to get back in the game.”

Mt. Pleasant fell to 4-2 overall and will have the chance to improve on their 2-1 Southeast Conference record in their next contest. The Panthers will host Washington on Monday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m.

“I know they’re an improved team,” said Williams about the Demons. “They’ll be pretty sound defensively. We’ll be ready to go, get that Monday game out of the way and hopefully get back on track in the conference.”

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