Washington boys to face stiff test tomorrow
Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Washington High School, the Demon boys’ soccer team will play its second Southeast Conference match of the season. The opponent will be the No. 15 in Class 2A Keokuk Chiefs.
Washington (2 – 1 overall, 1 – 0 in the SEC) is coming off a 10 – 2 home victory over Fairfield last Thursday to get back on the winning track. Keokuk (4 – 1 overall, 0 – 1 in the SEC) also played their last match at home last Thursday, falling to No. 14 in Class 2A Mt. Pleasant by a tally of 2 – 1.
Leading the Demon attack in the offensive zone has been senior Mason Quigley. Quigley has six goals so far this season, which is twice as many as any other Washington player. That figure is tied for the fourth-best total in Class 2A in the state. His two assists and 14 points also lead the team.
Junior Jacob Baughman has played all 240 minutes of the season in front of the net for the Demons thus far. He has made 48 saves while allowing four goals, a percentage of 0.923. Baughman has the fourth-most saves in Class 2A in the state and his save percentage is the third-best.
The Chiefs’ offense is a varied attack, as there are three players tied for the team lead in goals with three each. The Keokuk senior trio of A.J. Swan, Bryce Baxter and Cole Hinton have been hard for opponents to stop. Hinton and Swan also have an assist each, tieing them for the points lead on the team.
Senior Josiah Scott has played 250 minutes in goal for the Chiefs so far this season. Scott has made 10 saves while allowing three goals for a save percentage of 0.769. Complementing Scott in goal has been his classmate Colton Winn. Winn has been in the net for 90 minutes of the season, making five saves while allowing one goal. His save percentage is 0.833.
Keokuk’s greatest strength is its experience. Nine seniors and six juniors are featured on their deep roster. That may very well come into play late in the match, as Washington lacks depth due to academic ineligibility issues.
In order to secure a second consecutive victory, the Demons will have to replicate their early-and-often scoring approach from the game against Fairfield. If they accomplish that, the disparity in the depth chart won’t be as impactful late in the match.