Mid-Prairie, Washington boys meet on pitch
WELLMAN - The No. 6 in Class 1A Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer team hosted a three-team tournament on Saturday, May 10, featuring the boys’ soccer teams from Washington and Fairfield high schools.
The Golden Hawks protected their home pitch by winning their first match over Washington by a score of 1 – 0, then defeating Fairfield 5 – 0 to notch two non-conference victories.
Against Washington the only score of the match came in the first half when Mid-Prairie senior Wade Stutzman served a ball into the penalty area. The Golden Hawks’ Wyatt Cady then guided the ball into the back of the net.
The defensive unit of Dustin Yoder, Jordan Ulin, Riley Sieren and Ryan Errthum continued their winning ways and helped shut out the Demons. Mid-Prairie’s Spencer Shalla played the entire match in goal, making four saves.
Against Fairfield, an opponent the Golden Hawks hadn’t faced for two years, Mid-Prairie put a goal on the board in the first half when senior Andrew Bates placed a ball into the penalty area from a corner kick for Cady to head past the Fairfield defense and keeper.
In the second half the Golden Hawks came out clicking. They were able to put four more goals on the board using combined play within the entire squad.
Senior Austin Errthum continued to add to his goal total for the year as he found the back of the net twice. The other scores in the game came from Riley Sieren with a Yoder assist and Stutzman from an Anthony Gingerich assist. Nathan Faselt was the Mid-Prairie keeper for the Fairfield match, recording 2 saves.
Fairfield defeated the Demons 6 - 2 in the match between the Trojans and Washington. Junior Jacob Baughman played all 160 minutes in both matches as keeper for the Demons.
The Golden Hawks are now 9 - 2 overall, 1 – 2 in River Valley Conference play. Mid-Prairie hosts Wapello this afternoon in another non-conference match.
Washington fell to 4 - 4 overall and 3 – 2 in the Southeast Conference. The Demons host Fort Madison in a conference match this afternoon as well.