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Panther girls finish Fairfield

Mt. Pleasant moves to regional final after knocking out Trojans at home
May 30, 2018
Photo by: Grace King Lizzie Litchfield (left) gets set to send the ball downfield during Mt. Pleasant’s 2-0 win over Fairfield on Tuesday night. Emma Rugg (right) reaches back to play the ball in the first half.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team is one win away from a state tournament berth. The Panthers advanced to the regional final with a 2-0 semifinal win over Fairfield at East Lake Park on Tuesday.

The Panthers dominated the entire game, peppering the net with shots throughout each half, but a nice game from Fairfield keeper Kelsey Hollander kept the contest relatively close.

Mt. Pleasant was unable to score in the first half despite a handful of chances. Kalyssa Longhurst sent a shot off the post with 29 minutes remaining in the half, and Sydney Doak had a shot go off Hollander’s finger tips and wide right with 20:30 on the clock.

“I just said we’ve got to keep after it,” Coach Brennan Williams said about going into the half scoreless. “Take advantage of the fact that we’ve got the wind. We had great positioning in the first half.”

The Panthers broke their scoreless streak less than six minutes into the second half. Mary West connected with a shot just outside the box and blasted it over Hollander’s head for the first Panther score of the evening.

Kaela Welcher nearly scored four-and-a-half minutes later, but another save from the Trojan keeper kept the score at 1-0.

Ayden Ross was forced to make a couple saves in a row shortly after Welcher’s attempts. She saved a hard shot from Trojan star Kristin Burnstedt and a grounder from Emily McAvan to keep the Trojans off the scoreboard.

With 26:35 showing on the clock, Mt. Pleasant struck again. This time, Anna Ostby took a drop pass at the top of the box and fired it past Hollander to give Mt. Pleasant some breathing room.

The Panthers dominated time of posession for the rest of the contest, including a shot off the post from West. Fairfield’s chances were limited and the Panthers walked off their home field with a victory.

After the game, Coach Williams credited the victory to dominating the middle of the field.

“The two defensive mids, (Lizzie) Litchfield and (Mellanie) Vargas, just dominated the game,” Williams said. “They connected with Mary and Anna through the middle (and) it made it really simple for us.

The Panthers will take on top-seeded Pella in the regional final. That game will be in Pella on Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

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