It didn’t take long for the Mt. Pleasant boys’ soccer team to rebound from their loss at Ft. Madison Monday. The Panthers hosted Burlington on Tuesday and picked up a bounce-back win, defeating their future Southeast Conference rivals 3-1, giving head coach Neil Schmitz his 300th career win.
Mt. Pleasant scored almost immediately. Nathan Rauenbuehler made it 1-0 right away with a penalty kick in the first minute.
Nobody scored for the rest of the first half, but that didn’t mean there weren’t chances on both sides. The Grayhounds had a great chance at a goal in the last minute, getting the ball past keeper Logan Lee on a fastbreak. Hunter Stearns hustled to keep the ball out of the net, and Lee made a diving stop on a loose ball to end the threat, keeping the Panthers up 1-0 at halftime.
The game stayed a defensive struggleuntil the last 15 minutes of the game. With 14:14 remaining on the clock, Cade Warner sent in a header off a Dillan Malone cross, sending the ball to the short side of the net and giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Mt. Pleasant immediately followed Warner’s goal with one of his own. He put in the third goal of the game and Mt. Pleasant took a 3-0 lead.
Burlington was able to score once in the final minutes but it was too little too late for the Grayhounds.
Mt. Pleasant moved to 6-2 overall with the win. They’ll look to win their seventh game of the season on Thursday, April 18, when they host Central Lee.