Golden Hawks get big win
TIFFIN – The ninth-ranked in Class 1A Mid-Prairie High School boys’ varsity soccer team stayed undefeated last night, defeating No. 14 in Class 2A Clear Creek-Amana on its home field 2 - 1.
“Our defense of Dustin Yoder, Riley Sieren, Jordan Ulin and John Adams has been outstanding. John has been doing a great job of stepping up and winning balls so the other teams can’t get an organized attacked against us. Clear Creek would typically drop the ball to their back and boot the ball as far forward trying to hit one of their strikers and completely skipping their midfield. Long balls are hard to judge and play defensively. We like for our backs to bring the ball down to their feet so we can build forward with passing. Bringing a ball down to your feet from 20 feet in the air is pretty complicated; your first touch is critical. Our guys have great first touch and know where they are going with the ball before they receive it,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pat Cady said.
Senior Austin Errthum scored both of the Golden Hawk goals on the night, assisted by his classmate Wyatt Cady on one of them.
“Austin is one of our center mid-fielders and the best distributor of the ball on the team. He is a vital connecting link for our defense to get the ball forward. He is most dangerous coming out of the mid-field and working forward. Wyatt has shown his speed early and demands respect from the opposing team’s backs in order to contain him. As Wyatt shifts across the formation, teams must be aware of his location to try and provide support for his fast deep runs. His ability to pull extra defenders helps to open other areas of the field and gives other players the opportunity to score,” Cady explained.
The Golden Hawks are now 3 – 0. Mid-Prairie hosts West Liberty, ranked sixth in Class 1A preseason, on Thursday for its home opener.
“West Liberty will be a tough game for us. They finished fourth last year at state. It is a team that we match up well against. They like to play a possession style and so do we. They lost some players from last year, so we will have to get a feel for what they are trying to do in the first 10 minutes of the game and make adjustments from there. We will do some light recovery lifting today, watch some game film and speak of issues that we need to address. Winning 50/50 balls was an issue against Clear Creek last night. We have to clean this up immediately. If you continue to give an opponent a short field to create their offense, then bad things generally tend to happen for your defense,” Cady commented.