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MTZ boys soccer dominates in two game span

Evan Griffifth shields the ball in a 7-0 win against St. Theresa at home.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team combined for 13 goals in back to back days to give them two wins. One a 6-0 road win against Charleston and a 7-0 win against St. Theresa.

In the Charleston game, the Braves played out the rain and won the game. Kam Clark scored twice.

In the St Theresa game, the Braves scored one goal in the first half. That goal came in the 10th minute when Luke Shumaker rebounded the ball off a miscues corner and fired it into the back of the net to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

The Braves outshot the Bulldogs 19-1 in the first half. The shots started to open up opportunities in the second half.

Two minutes into the second half Shumaker struck again. This time he fired a shot inside the box right past the St. Theresa goalkeeper’s hands to extend the lead to 2-0. Less than a minute later Evan Griffith fired a shot right through the goalkeepers’ hands to extend the lead to 3-0.

Ten minutes passed without scoring. Then I’m the 12th minute, Greg Frazier fired a shot from just inside the 18 yard line to extend the Braves lead to 4-0. Frazier moments later played playmaker and found Griffith wide open for his second goal of the night to give the Braves a 5-0 lead.

“The boys played well and moved the ball well,” Head coach Scott Crawford said.

Ramon Munoz and Clark added the last two goals as the Braves defeated the Bulldogs 7-0.

“I think we’ve worked on it (scoring and chemistry) a lot of practice and chemistry is getting better,” Coach Crawford said. “The understanding of what we want is getting better.”

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team played in the Titan Invite the past weekend. In the first game against Belleville West, the Braves found themselves trailing the whole game. With less than two minutes left Clark found a way to score and gave the Braves a 1-1 draw.

The Braves wrapped up their week with a 4-0 loss against Columbia in the Titan Invite. The Braves improved to 5-8-3. This week the Braves will play Mattoon, Taylorville and Effingham.

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