Mid-Prairie moves into semis
Mid-Prairie didn’t wait long to make their mark in this year’s boys’ state soccer tournament.
The Golden Hawks scored less than three minutes into the state quarterfinal on Thursday against Oakland Riverside and never looked back, taking a 6-1 win to advance to
“They are just ready to play when the whistle is blown,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pat Cady said. “Another reason (we are starting so fast) is teams are putting high pressure on us when we are starting the game, and I don’t think they know how fast our forwards are. When they put the high pressure on, usually what ends up happening is the middle is left wide open and that leads to a goal.”
The first goal of the game came off a shot by Nick Stimson that was deflected right to Dayton Hall to give the Golden Hawks a 1-0 lead early in the contest.
Hall found the back of the net again later in the first half and Wyatt Cady, who was celebrating a birthday on Thursday, knocked in one of his own to give Mid-Prairie a 4-0 lead.
At halftime, the Golden Hawks led 4-1 after Riverside scored a goal, but the Mid-Prairie defense continued to stifle the Riverside offense in the second half.
“We talk about the mistake we made,” Pat Cady said. “They had a couple opportunities in the first half and they got one to go in. Sometimes when they start scoring we get a couple guys who might get a little greedy and push forward for a counterattack. What we talked about at halftime was playing like we did at the start of the game. Don’t get fancy and don’t showboat, just play the soccer that you know how
Wyatt Cady notched a second goal in the game, while Nick Stimson added one of his own to give Mid-Prairie the victory.
In the semifinals, the top-seeded team Beckman Catholic awaits after they beat Columbus 3-0 in its quarterfinal game.
“(Seeding) is just a number,” Pat Cady said. “Who knows, maybe we are No. 1 and they are No. 4; I’m not looking at their rank. We just have to play our style of soccer and we’ve got good momentum and a lot of guys that are scoring, not just one person. This team will probably be a little bit tougher to score on, but we know we can score and that’s something they are going to have to worry about.”
The game between Beckman Catholic and Mid-Prairie began at noon on Friday, and at the time of publication had not concluded. The winner of the semifinal game will play in Saturday’s championship game at 12:05 p.m., while the loser will play in the third-place game at 11:10 a.m. on the same day.