Golden Hawks ready to hit the field
The Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer team is looking to build on the promise that the 2013 team showed, taking advantage of its depth, experience and talent to hopefully make some noise in Class 1A at the state level. Head coach Pat Cady is entering his second year at the helm of the Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer team.
“We will enter the year with the largest senior class that our program has ever had. Most of these kids have been together since their middle school years and were just starting to put things together last year. Injuries to key players at the end of the regular season unfortunately gave us an early exit. If we can get four or five guys that shoot when they get an open look instead of two or three, then the game will change to our style of play. On the defensive end of the field, everyone comes back and is a year older, faster and smarter. We have four different athletes to provide us depth at defensive mid-field and all players can interchange throughout the game. We will be at or near 40 athletes for the first time in our program’s history,” Cady commented.
The team this year includes 11 seniors, seven juniors and four sophomores. The roster features 11 returning starters and 14 returning letterwinners. Senior Austin Errthum is a two-time first team all-state honoree. Seniors Wyatt Cady and Dustin Yoder both have received second team all-state honors, Cady in 2013 and Yoder in 2012.
“We have a schedule that will test us early and give us an idea of where we need to be for that chance to play in Des Moines. It’s tough to advance to Des Moines with all the good teams in Class 1A in this part of the state. We will play Regina and West Liberty, teams that finished first and fourth last year at the state tournament. We will also play against Clear Creek Amana, who went to state the previous two years,” Cady said.
Mid-Prairie will have a scrimmage on Friday, March 28 at Solon and then officially begin the season on Saturday, April 5 in the Newton Tourney against PCM. A match at Clear Creek-Amana on April 10 precludes the first home match of the season on April 14 against West Liberty. Road matches at Regina and Washington follow and then another home match against Williamsburg is scheduled for April 21. On May 10 the Golden Hawks host their own tournament and the opponent will be Washington again. Two more home matches against Wapello and Highland are on the slate for May 12 and 15, respectively. To finish the regular season Mid-Prairie will travel to Keokuk and Cedar Valley Christian. On May 26 substate tournament play will begin.