Demons fall to No. 14 Mid-Prairie
WELLMAN — Even though Washington lost to No. 14 Mid-Prairie 5-0 on Tuesday night, Demon head boys’ soccer coach Steven Caulk wasn’t too upset with the defeat.
“As strange as it may sound, I was generally pleased with our performance,” Caulk said. “They have a pretty strong team, and we’re still trying to find out what works for us.”
Caulk is in his first season as head coach of the Demons, a team that lost all 10 of its matches by an average of 8.5 goals per contest last season. So Tuesday’s match was a step in the right direction for Washington.
“Compared to some of last year’s scores, I will take it as we try to figure out a way to turn things around,” said Caulk, who was an assistant coach last season.
Tuesday’s match was scoreless for the first 20 minutes, but the Golden Hawks scored four goals before halftime. Washington, which is emphasizing defense under Caulk, held Mid-Prairie to just one goal in the second half.
Caulk said that defenders Chris Avila and Justin Craig played well. Senior goalie Matt Grote, despite allowing five goals, made 15 saves while being under constant pressure from the Golden Hawks.
Juniors Wyatt Cady and Austin Errthum both scored a pair of goals for Mid-Prairie (2-2), which was coming off of a 27-0 win over Wapello on Saturday. Junior Eesaa Baylor added a goal.
Washington never really threatened the Golden Hawks offensively, only getting two shots on goal compared to Mid-Prairie’s 21 shots.
“We just weren’t able to muster offense,” Caulk said. “We didn’t put enough shots on the goal to be competitive, but I was pleased with the way our defense shored up. I’m not too displeased with our performance.”
Washington (0-2) was shorthanded on Tuesday night, and had just 12 players available for the contest.
“Mid-Prairie had no shortage of substitutes,” Caulk said.