Demons fall to Mid-Prairie in tight match at home
The Washington boys’ soccer players knew that they had their work cut out for them last night as they hosted the No. 3 in Class 1A Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks for a non-conference match.
“We knew that Washington would be tough and we have the bull’s-eye on our backs as a ranked team. We know that we have to be ready for every game,” Golden Hawk head coach Pat Cady said.
The Demons played the game tight, falling to the Golden Hawks but keeping it close all the way through until the final horn gave Mid-Prairie the 2 – 1 victory.
“Our guys really battled well tonight. We created a lot of great opportunites against a really talented squad. If we can get to where we are better at finishing, we will be competitive,” Washington head coach Steven Caulk said.
Senior Mason Quigley again supplied the offense for Washington, scoring the Demons’ lone goal. Junior Jacob Baughman played all 80 minutes in the net for Washington and made 26 saves.
Austin Errthum got the scoring going for the Golden Hawks, then in the second half assisted Wyatt Cady for the other Mid-Prairie goal.
“When we started out we were flat but we made some adjustments and got better. We play good core soccer but then don’t get creative enough sometimes in the offensive zone in order to score. We possessed the ball well tonight. We’re still shifting guys around; we have the luxury of being deep, trying to find where guys play the best,” Cady added.
The Demons fall to 1 – 1 overall and haven’t played a conference match yet. Mid-Prairie improves to 4 – 1 overall, 0 – 1 in the River Valley Conference. The Golden Hawks host Williamsburg on April 21. Washington hosts Keokuk on April 22.