Demons claim first title in loss
Despite claiming a share of the first boys’ soccer conference title in the history of Washington High School, the mood on the field was somber after Monday’s season finale.
Despite both teams having been eliminated from the postseason, Washington and Fort Madison met in a makeup game on Monday in Washington that held conference title implications.
Fort Madison sent the game into overtime, and eventually stole a win on the road as they defeated the Demons 3-2.
Despite the loss, Washington still claimed a share of its first conference title (shared or outright) in school history, and will split it with Fairfield.
“It’s really disappointing but these guys are still conference champs,” Washington head coach Steven Caulk said. “It’s the first time in history for that. It would have been great to be sole conference champions, but we struggled with consistency and today we came out and were up and down.”
Fort Madison opened up the scoring four minutes into the game when Noah Dean hit one in from long range, to take a 1-0 lead.
Later in the first half, Washington’s Joe Smith used a nice cross to find Owen Horak who headed the ball in at the midway point of the
With a minute to go before halftime, senior Mason Quigley found the back of the net to give Washington a
That lead would hold until there were 11 minutes left in the game, when Fort Madison’s Zachary Bobb connected on a goal to tie the game up at two.
It was on to overtime to finish the game off, but a Fort Madison shot rebounded off of the Washington keeper and into the foot of Braxton Williams who directed the ball into the net, giving them the win.
After the loss, it was tough for Caulk to enjoy the conference championship, but he knew that it would mean a lot to the school.
“I think it means we are making some strides and moving in the right direction,” Caulk said. “That’s got to be a good thing for the program and the school.”