Hawks take secondMid-Prairie falls in PKs at state championship
The back of the net simply could not be found on Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines.
After 100 minutes of play, Mid-Prairie and Regina were locked into a scoreless tie in the 1A state championship game, sending the game to penalty kicks to determine a champion.
Regina’s Nic Ziniel scored the first attempt for the Regals, but Mid-Prairie was able to even the shootout at 1, when Nick Stimson put one in the
Then Regina had a golden opportunity to win, when Emilo Tovar got a shot to go through, and Golden Hawks’ star Austin Errthum was
With the fourth shooters up, Mid-Prairie keeper Spencer Shalla stopped Jacob Adam’s attempt to win the game, and Dustin Yoder tied the kicks back up on the next kick, sending the game to extra kicks.
Connor Brown made it 3-2 and when Jordan Truitt’s shot went over the crossbar, Regina secured the championship 1-0, giving the Golden Hawks second place in their first-ever trip
This also marked the first time Mid-Prairie had been shut out all season.
“There were two good defenses,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pat Cady said. “There were a couple times we got out of shape a bit, but we had good recoveries, and they had a couple hard shots on the goals. We had to play smart defensively, and we tried to get it won in the 80 minutes but unfortunately we couldn’t
One player who stood out for Mid-Prairie was Shalla, who kept Regina out of the net the entire game until the penalty kicks, including a flurry of shots that came in overtime.
“They took a couple shots outside the penalty area and I think they caught (Shalla) off guard a little bit,” Cady said. “The one shot came in and it started to come down a bit, but Spencer got a hand on it and deflected it up and it hit the crossbar and back into play. Then they had one good opportunity where they had a shot that took a hard bounce and Spencer was able to dive across and turn it into a corner kick so he had a couple great saves
The Golden Hawks finished with a 17-3 record but, despite losing a couple of key seniors, Cady feels that the team is set to make another title run next season.
“We had a great group of kids that were underneath our seniors that if they were on any other program in the state, they’d probably be starting,” Cady said. “We feel that defensively we are solid already, and the only thing we feel we are missing right now is some more players that are fast and to find the kids that will replace the guys who were scoring the goals for us.”
This state run certainly brought a lot of attention to the team, but Cady said he hopes the people who truly noticed are right there inside the school.
“It’s proof that these kids worked hard every year and believed in what I was telling them,” Cady said. “It makes the school believe that boys’ soccer is a good program and there is a possibility we could go places. I hope that more athletes that were on the fence that weren’t sure if they wanted to go out for soccer see the runner-up finish at state and think they can help