Golden Hawk boys’ soccer team comes up short for first time
WELLMAN - The second-ranked in Class 1A Mid-Prairie boys’ varsity soccer team lost its first game of the season to the eighth-ranked in Class 1A West Liberty Comets on Thursday, April 10 by a score of 2-1 in overtime.
This rivalry has been one of the best in the River Valley Conference in boys’ soccer over the past two seasons.
Last season the two talented squads played to a tie in one match and the other match came down to overtime, which setting up a feeling of deja vu for Mid-Prairie, the Comets won by a goal.
West Liberty scored first in the match after one of the Golden Hawks’ defenders slipped, leaving an open lane in front of the Mid-Prairie net.
The Comet striker was able to put a ball past Golden Hawk keeper Nathan Faselt at the 22-minute mark of the game. The game went to half with West Liberty leading 1 – 0.
With some personnel adjustments the Golden Hawks were able to put together some good attacks and at the 62-minute mark of the game, Wyatt Cady took a ball passed by Austin Errthum past the Comet keeper.
The ball careened off the side post and hit a Comet defender directly in the leg and bounced into the net. The score remained tied at the end of regulation.
In sudden-victory overtime West Liberty put in their second goal to end the game.
Mid-Prairie drops to 3 – 1 overall, 0 - 1 in RVC play. The Golden Hawks will look to get back into the win column this afternoon at Washington.