By Andy Krutsinger,
Mt. Pleasant News
The Panther boys were firing from all cylinders on Monday night.
Mt. Pleasant scored four goals over the first 20 minutes, taking a 4-0 lead early and holding it until the game was called due to darkness with just over 20 minutes left in the second half.
Paris Choinlamany was on fire early, and found himself in the right position three times in a row. The Panther senior scored the first three goals of the game, all coming in the opening 17 minutes.
The first goal came just over seven minutes into the game. The Panthers stacked the box and Choinlamany found some room to fire in the early tiebreaker, putting the Panthers up 1-0.
Then, with 25:04 showing on the clock, Choinlamany found himself at the receiving end of a Cade Warner cross pass, which gave him some room on the near side of the goal. Choinlamany fired in another shot and it was 2-0 early.
One and a half minutes later, a corner kick put the ball into the Columbus box again. The Wildcats turned it over and it was Choinlamany again who found himself in the right spot. He sent a rocket into the net and in the blink of an eye, the first hat trick of the season was recorded. The score read 3-0 with 23:40 remaining in the first half.
Again, the Panthers scored less than a minute and a half later. After the ball rattled around in the Wildcat box once again, Warner came sprinting on and sent a shot past the Wildcat keeper. The score was 4-0 and the Panthers were thinking blowout early.
Columbus/W-MU was able to tighten up throughout the rest of the game. The Panthers had a few breakaways, but for the most part Columbus/W-MU covered the Panther chances.
The score stayed 4-0 throughout the first half, and by the time the second half started, East Lake Park was getting dark. The game was called with just over 20 minutes left.
Officials will contact the state to decide if the teams should meet for the final 20 minutes on a different date, or just give the Panthers the win.
?I told them at halftime, really no complaints,? Mt. Pleasant head coach Neil Schmitz said after the game. ?They were passing the ball. The defense was playing really well, and their communication was probably one of the best I?ve seen in years. Talking, moving, passing, just a complete game. The guys had a great first half.?