Panther girls stage comeback win, move to 4-0

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


FAIRFIELD ? The Mt. Pleasant girls? soccer team continued their red-hot start to the season on Friday evening with a big Southeast Conference win at Fairfield. The Panthers staged a comeback victory in the second half, taking the contest 3-2.

The Panthers were led by Mary West, who picked up an assist in the first half and netted the two second-half goals less than a minute apart from each other to lead the team to victory.

Fairfield?s Emily McAvan scored the game?s first goal, netting a shot 10 minutes into the game to give the Trojans a 1-0 advantage. Mt. Pleasant?s Kaela Welcher tied the game up in the 24th minute off an assist from West, but Fairfield?s Kristin Burnstedt scored to give Fairfield a 2-1 lead before halftime.

?This isn?t the first time we?ve been down at the half and come back to win,? Coach Brennan Williams said about the first-half deficit. ?I just reminded them that we?re a capable team and that I have full confidence that we can win this game, and just reassured them that things are OK.?

The game stayed 2-1 throughout the first eight minutes of the second half, but the Panthers put together two quick goals to flip the script on Fairfield in the blink of an eye.

West tied the game up with her first goal of the game with 31:21 remaining in the game. 53 seconds later, Sydney Doak found West with a pass and West sent it past the Trojan keeper to give Mt. Pleasant their first lead of the game at 3-2.

?It?s just kind of a frenzy,? West said about her back-to-back goals. ?You kind of think, ?I just did that.??

Panther keeper Ayden Ross kept the Trojans out of the net for the final 30 minutes and Mt. Pleasant moved to 4-0 on the season.

?This is a huge boost for us, because this is our first 4-0 record in a while,? West said about the win. ?This is a really good win for us because these are big rivals of ours.?

Mt. Pleasant is schedulet to put that undefeated record on the line tonight (Monday) in Ft. Madison. Weather willing, the Panthers will take to the road to face the Bloodhounds at 5:30 p.m.