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Panther girls shut down Washington

Mt. Pleasant wins at home, moves to 3-1 in Southeast Conference play
Apr 24, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Hanah Hess sends the ball upfield in the second half of Mt. Pleasant’s 3-0 win over Washington on Monday evening.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant and Washington girls’ soccer teams met at East Lake Park in Mt. Pleasant on Monday evening for a Southeast Conference showdown and their first meeting of the year.

It was the Panthers who came out on top, scoring one goal in the first half and two in the second to pick up a 3-0 conference win.

The Panthers controlled the ball in the first half, but could only score one goal against a gritty Demon defense.

Early in the period, Mt. Pleasant’s Amber Fiedler found herself open off a feed from Hannah Hess and wound up with a shot inside the box. She buried the goal and made it 1-0 Panthers.

Mt. Pleasant had plenty of opportunities to score again in the first half, but the Demon defense kept Mt. Pleasant from putting too much pressure on Olivia Pacha in net, and the Panther lead was 1-0 at the break.

“I was happy with where we were at 1-0, but obviously you always want to have one more,” said Mt. Pleasant coach Brennan Williams about the halftime lead. “Just kind of making better of our chances at halftime was the big talk.”

The score stayed 1-0 until the 14th minute of the second half. Kalyssa Longhurst broke free on the far sideline and found an opening, sending the shot past Pacha to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage with 26:01 showing on the clock.

Play opened up after the second goal, with both teams getting rushes towards the net. Mt. Pleasant still held the advantage, however, and capitalized once more before the day was done.

Anna Otsby got the third Panther goal of the day. Otsby took the ball off of a rebound and sent it into the goal to stretch the lead to 3-0 with 17:07 left in the game.

Otsby had a shot at making it a two-goal night in the final minutes. She drew a penalty with 3:55 showing on the clock, earning a penalty kick opportunity. The shot was on the mark, but Pacha stepped in front to make the save and keep it at 3-0.

Mt. Pleasant moved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play. They’ll host Fairfield on Thursday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m.

Washington fell to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in conference play. They’ll travel to Mediapolis on Thursday for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.

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