Field, Demons both ready
The soccer field at Washington High School is ready to be played on and the competition coming in for tomorrow’s home openers for both the Demon boys and girls is as stout as it gets.
The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawk boys’ and girls’ teams are both making the trip to take part in a double-header starting at 4 p.m. with the girls’ game. The boys’ game is slated to kick off at 6 p.m.
The Golden Hawk boys come in currently ranked second in Class 1A by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches’ Association. Their 3 – 1 record may not be unblemished but their talent is undeniable.
Mid-Prairie’s girls’ team is still looking for its first victory of the season at 0 – 3 and will probably be especially amped up for the contest against Washington. The Demons defeated the Golden Hawks on their home field last Tuesday 1 – 0.
For all the talent that Mid-Prairie will bring with them, Washington will look to counter with its own. Mason Quigley looked good in his first outing for the Demons, netting two goals and making an assist on another. Goalie Kyle Baughman was perfect in his first match of the season as well, not allowing any shots past him in 80 minutes.
Washington’s girls’ team has shown some offensive prowess in two matches this season along with defensive backfield ability. The Demons have won their two matches by a combined 11 – 0 margin, spreading those 11 goals among five different girls.
While Stephanie Evans has been perfect through 120 minutes in goal so far this year for Washington, Cheyanne Schalk has done the same in 40 minutes herself, giving the Demons options when it comes to forming lineups.
The biggest challenge for the Demon boys will be containing the Golden Hawks’ 2013 All-State trio of Austin Errthum, Wyatt Cady and Dustin Yoder. In four matches thus far that trio has combined for five goals and three assists. For the Washington girls, the biggest obstacle will be trying to possess the ball more than they did at Mid-Prairie a week ago. The Golden Hawks dominated possession and number of shots on goal in that match.
If the Demons continue their undefeated seasons, there will be no doubt that they earned both victories over quality opponents.