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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 17, 2014

Mid-Prairie girls encouraged despite loss

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Apr 08, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling Mid-Prairie senior Kira Kirkove advances the ball toward the Clear Creek-Amana net last night at home. The Golden Hawks fell to the Clippers 3 - 0 to open their season.

The weather was great for soccer and the Mid-Prairie High School girls’ varsity team didn’t waste it, getting out on to their home field to take on Clear Creek-Amana last night. The result wasn’t what the Golden Hawks were looking for in their first match of the season, as they fell 3 – 0 to the Clippers, but there were encouraging moments during the 80 minutes of play.
Clear Creek possessed the ball throughout most of the first 40 minutes of play, netting two goals and keeping the action in their offensive end.  After the Clippers took a 2 – 0 lead into the break, Mid-Prairie made personnel adjustments and the improvement was obvious.
“The adjustments we made at halftime are ones that I will continue to make. Being our first competition of any kind, we are still working at seeing which players work best at which positions. We will keep working at that, watch footage and make the changes we need to in order to be more successful,” Mid-Prairie head coach Maya Kehr Yoder said.
Juniors Renee Buckwalter and Ashley Miller, along with senior Kira Kerkove and sophomore Natalie Graber were able to use their athleticism and came up with a few good runs at Clear-Creek’s net.
“Finishing is something we need to continue to work on. We are aware that we need our forwards to be in position on the through-balls. The timing will improve as people get used to their positions,” Kehr Yoder added.
The defensive end, anchored by juniors Anne Buckwalter and Cassidy Bontrager, improved as well.
Senior team captain Bailie Harris played all 80 minutes in goal for the Golden Hawks, making 17 saves, including an acrobatic move in which she seemingly plucked the ball out of the air as it appeared headed like a missile for the back of the net.
The Golden Hawks are scheduled to take the field again this afternoon at home, as they will host the Washington Demons.

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