Mid-Prairie defeated by old nemesis
WEST LIBERTY - The No. 4 in Class 1A Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer team traveled to take on the No. 10 in Class 1A Comets last night, looking to avenge their only loss of the season. This matchup in the past has gone into overtime in three of the last four meetings and last night was no exception to that norm.
After a stalemate first half, West Liberty scored first off a situation where a Comet player was trying to serve the ball into the Mid-Prairie goal. The ball instead carried into the upper corner of the net because of the wind where Golden Hawk keeper Spencer Shalla was unable to tip it away. West Liberty then came right back and punched in their second goal within five minutes of the first with a penetrating dribble across the Mid-Prairie penalty area then striking a crushing ball back post to take a 2 – 0 lead.
Although down two goals, the Golden Hawks continued to work hard. At the 60-minute mark of the game the Comets fouled one of the Mid-Prairie midfielders. Dustin Yoder took the free kick from midfield and placed a bending ball directly into the path of Austin Errthum who finished it with a guided header to shorten up the lead 2 – 1.
As the momentum began to turn Mid-Prairie continued to out-work the Comets, presenting themselves with good opportunities for goals. Yoder worked forward from his center back position cutting through defenders until he was knocked off the ball and fouled just outside the penalty area. Errthum took the free kick and pushed the ball past the Comet wall and keeper to tie the match. Neither team could score to finish regulation.
During the first overtime period the Golden Hawks had a couple of good opportunities to score but the Comet keeper was able to make the saves. The Comets had a good attack that was cleared out by the Mid-Prairie defense inside the penalty area. The first overtime went scoreless.
In the second overtime period, the Golden Hawks put together two nice attacks but were unable to get the ball finished. With two minutes left in the second overtime, West Liberty was able to get past a couple of Golden Hawk defenders and put the winning goal into the net.
The loss puts Mid-Prairie at 6 – 2 overall and 0 – 2 in the River Valley Conference on the year, with both losses coming to West Liberty in overtime. The Golden Hawks play Thursday night at home against Monticello, looking to get their first conference victory.