Golden Hawks fall to West Liberty in OT
WEST LIBERTY — A penalty kick in overtime lifted sixth-ranked West Liberty to a 3-2 win over No. 14 Mid-Prairie on Thursday night.
West Liberty scored first in the match between two ranked Class 1A teams, but the Golden Hawks answered to tie the score 30 minutes into the contest. A West Liberty foul gave Mid-Prairie a free kick just outside the penalty area, and junior Austin Errthum placed the ball over the four-man wall and into the upper left corner of the goal.
Mid-Prairie scored again three minutes later, as Errthum played a ball across the top fo the penalty area where sophomore Matt McGaffey struck it into the near post. West Liberty was able to capitalize on a Golden Hawk mistake to even up the score with five minutes left in the first half.
Mid-Prairie controlled the ball much of the second half, but the Golden Hawks were unable to add to their score. Mid-Prairie’s best scoring chance came when the Comet goalkeeper fielded a ball outside the penalty area with his hands, awarding the Golden Hawks with a free kick. But Errthum’s kick just missed high, and the match went to overtime, where the Comets scored with three minutes remaining in the extra period.
The loss dropped Mid-Prairie to 0-2 on the season, with both losses coming to ranked opponents. The Golden Hawks lost their season opener at Clear Creek-Amana, the ninth-ranked team in Class 2A, 3-0 on April 1.