Mid-Prairie scores 13 goals in season finale
Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer was firing on all cylinders as it wrapped up the regular season Thursday night.
The Golden Hawks had eight different players find the back of the net against Cedar Valley Christian as they posted a 13-0 shutout victory in the team’s final regular season game before postseason play.
“We had consistency,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pat Cady said. “There was good play throughout the entire team. We decided to put Austin Errthum forward and that creates a lot of opportunities for us and (he) and Wyatt (Cady) worked well together. The team is starting to come together real well and we are starting to peak at the right time.”
Errthum led the team with four assists in the game, including helping on all of Cady’s team-leading three goals on the night.
The senior captain got the scoring started three minutes into the game, netting one off an assist from Dayton Hall, and six minutes later Errthum found Cady to take a quick 2-0 lead.
The offense continued rolling for the Golden Hawks as they turned in nine goals in the first half.
“The team looks comfortable with the ball and were making good passes. Offensively, we were making good runs,” Cady said. “There were guys making runs to corners that didn’t receive the ball and now they are willing to make those runs because it is opening huge areas in the middle to attack and get the goal. That’s what we are wanting to see out of the team and it looks pretty good right now.”
In the second half Abduhl Masaba knocked in his second goal of the game at the 45-minute mark, then Dustin Yoder knocked in back-to-back goals two minutes later.
Errthum found Cady at the 52-minute mark to round out the scoring, as the Golden Hawks closed the season with a 13-2 record.
Errthum has been on a hot streak in the last two games of the season, netting six goals and picking up five assists over that stretch.
“This shows you why (Errthum) is going to be playing college soccer at Drake and why Drake recruited him,” Cady said. “When you have an athlete like him at the core of your program, everyone around him just gets better. That was one of the adjustments we made is moving him up top, and that will be our strategy from here on out. We are going to let him do what he does best, and that is score goals.”
The next step for Mid-Prairie is to get to Des Moines and the state tournament, a quest that will begin on Thursday when they host the winner of Tuesday’s Iowa Mennonite-Chariton sub-state game, but there is still work to do according to Cady.
“We are going to work on conditioning,” Cady said. “Our goal is to get to Des Moines. If you make it there you play three games in three days, so that will take a toll on the teams that aren’t in shape. We are going to work on good possession and better ball support so we can maintain possession throughout the game.
“Our focus all year has been if we can’t move it forward, we need to maintain possession of it, which means a lot of player movement and adjustment. We are focused on keeping the team mentality and making sure we move as a unit offensively and defensively throughout the field.”