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No. 11 MP stays unbeaten

Panthers shut out Ft. Madison, move to 5-0

GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger

Sydney Doak battles for possession with Ft. Madison’s Anna Kester.
GTNS photo by Andy Krutsinger Sydney Doak battles for possession with Ft. Madison’s Anna Kester.
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The 11th-ranked Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team is still unbeaten after their third-straight Southeast Conference win and fifth win in a row to begin the 2019 season. The Panthers shut out Ft. Madison 2-0 in a home game at East Lake Park.

The Panthers were led by their defense, who stifled the Bloodhounds all game long. Ft. Madison had just one shot on goal the entire game, even with having a heavy wind at their back in the first half.

“Defense did a great job today, even with the wind being so one directional,” head coach Brennan Williams said after the game. “We were kind of anticipating in that first half to lock in on defense, but really there wasn’t a lot for them to stop, and the stuff that did happen, they shut it down right away.”

It was the second-straight shutout for goalkeeper Ayden Ross, who also didn’t allow any goals against Keokuk in their last contest.

The first goal of the game went to Anna Ostby just four minutes into the contest. After Sydney Doak sent one off the Ft. Madison keeper, Ostby sent a shot that was also deflected by the keeper. She chased that rebound down as well, tapping it in the goal to make it 1-0.

Doak scored later in the first half with 21:04 left in the period, and her goal looked a lot like Ostby’s. After a diving save from the keeper, Doak followed her own shot and put it in the net, bringing the lead to 2-0.

“That’s just outworking them, where you’re following in, you’re crashing them, (and) you’re not giving up until that ball is all the way secure or the play is dead,” Coach Williams said about the two scores. “Those are effort goals.”

The Panthers controlled the ball throughout the second half, even sending a shot off the post early on, but Ft. Madison was able to hold the Panthers scoreless throughout. The Bloodhounds didn’t create enough chances to put a scare into MP, however, and the Panthers walked out with a shutout victory.

Mt. Pleasant will put their 5-0 overall record on the line in what will be their toughest test of the season on Thursday, April 18. The Panthers will take on Holy Trinity on the road. The Crusaders are 3-1 so far this season.