Demons get huge victory
The Washington High School boys’ soccer team is undefeated in Southeast Conference matches on April 23. If you know the history of the progam, you will need to let that sink in a bit.
Last night the Demons defeated the No. 15 in Class 2A Keokuk Chiefs at home by a score of 4 – 2 to earn their second consecutive conference win.
Keokuk got the scoring started, putting a ball past Washington keeper junior Jacob Baughman within the first few minutes of the game.
The Demons struck back quickly, however, as a few minutes later senior Mason Quigley assisted junior Chris Avila in putting a ball in the Chief net to tie things up.
Keokuk regained the lead later in the first half but the resiliency of Washington showed as Joe Smith broke away from the Chief defense and tied the game. The first half ended in a 2 – 2 tie.
The Demons then came out in the second half and outworked Keokuk all over the field. Baughman and the Washington defense stiffened as well, not allowing the Chiefs any clear shots or open net chances.
Giovanni Coronel gave Washington the lead on his goal. Quigley got his second assist of the evening when Gustavo Najera seemingly came out of nowhere to head a loose ball into the Keokuk net to pad the lead.
“This was a great win for the guys and they deserve all the credit. We have pushed them hard in practice and it’s showing. This match was tied at the half and Keokuk was controlling possession but these guys are scrappy. They found energy and avoided mistakes in the second half to get the win,” Washington head coach Steven Caulk said.
Baughman played all 80 minutes in goal for the Demons, making 15 saves.
Washington is now 3 – 1 overall, 2 – 0 in SEC matches. The Demons will look to keep their conference record unblemished tomorrow at Fort Madison.