Fran Gomez attempts to dribble past a defender in an 8-1 loss against Lincoln at home on October 5.
By Blake Faith
The Mt. Zion boys soccer team lost two straight games at home against Lincoln and Mahomet-Seymour.
Against Mahomet-Seymour, the Braves kept their composure through the first eight minutes and controlled the ball well in the midfield and defensive half of the field. In the 8th minute the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard after Anthony Ramirez scored to make the game 1-0.
The Braves defense regrouped and continued to attack the Bulldogs even getting three shots off and two on-goal. With three minutes left in the half Carson Reed scored to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead before halftime.
The Bulldogs received three second half goals. The goals came from Xavier Schmidt, Ramirez and Logan Alt resulting in a 5-0 loss for the Braves. Braves’ goalkeeper Joshua Garrett made two diving saves that could have been goals to shut down the Bulldogs’ opportunities.
“The boys worked hard every single game and through the midfield were really good,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “We just have to concentrate on that final third so defensively we made some mistakes tonight that we need to correct but otherwise I think the guys played hard.”
Against Lincoln, the Braves lost 8-1. Their lone goal came from Hayden Shumaker. Shumaker got right inside the eight-yard line and fired a shot that went right underneath the goalkeeper’s glove.
The Braves are now 7-11-3. The Braves finish off their regular season at home against Charleston this week. In the first match between the two, the Braves won 6-0. Coach Crawford wants his team to get shots on goal and limit mistakes in the back in the final game of the season to prepare for regionals.