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MTZ boys soccer wins two and ties one

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team won two games and tied in one last week. The Braves picked up an Apollo conference win against Mattoon, a commence tie against Lincoln and a win against Williamsville.

The Braves came off adversity last weekend against Champaign Central ina. 3-1 loss against a nationally and state ranked team. The Braves defeated Williamsville in a two-man reffing crew that had controversial calls and no-calls. Against Lincoln, the Braves were coming off a skid of six games in seven days.

Against Mattoon, it was no different for the Braves. Two minutes into the game, the Braves had a defensive miscue that gave the Green Wave a goal and a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Kam Clark was pulled down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Clark shot the ball low into the right-corner of the net to tie the game 1-1.

We have to just keep battling no matter what happens,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “You have to keep battling through the game. We did give up one early and it was unfortunate to come off Carter’s (Bahls) back but we came back and we stuck another one in the back of theirs and then kept going from there.”

In the 17th minute, Clark scored again off a rebounded Green Wave miscue. Clark shot the ball into the top-shelf of the net to give the Braves a 2-1 lead.

In the 29th minute, Clark turned into a play making role and found Hayden Shumaker. Shumaker fired the ball into the low left-corner of the net to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.

“I think today was much better,” Coach Crawford said. “ I think we moved the ball a little better. We had opportunities going forward and we finished on some of those opportunities. I would still like to see us finish more.”

Despite the own goal by the Braves, their defense contained the Green Wave offense only allowing one shot on-goal each half. Shumaker finished off the scoring for the game midway through the second half with a top-shelf goal to give the Braves a 4-1 win.

The Braves improve to 7-5-1 overall and 3-1-1 in conference play. This week the Braves will face Charleston, St. Teresa and Bloomington.

“Next week is going to be a good week for us. It’s going to be a good battle,” Coach Crawford said. “So I’m just looking forward to building on possession through the midfield and working on the final third finishing in the final third.”

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