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MTZ boys soccer loses two last week

Kam Clark passes the ball in a 5-0 loss against Mahomet-Seymour at Mahomet-Seymour last week.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team went 0-2 last week losing to Apollo Conference foe Mahomet-Seymour and Champaign Centennial.

Against Mahomet-Seymour, the Braves started off strong on the defensive end. Brayden Traxler, Matthew Platzbecker and Luke Shumaker controlled the defensive third to start the game, swallowing up the ball and moving it forward.

The Braves’ offense rallied off five shots on-goal to start the first half. Kam Clark got open on a breakaway and hit the ball to Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Zackery Beyer left which made Beyer adjust to make the save and keep the game scoreless.

In the 28th minute, the Bulldogs opened up the score. Mikiah Jones scored off a Braves’ miscue to make the score 1-0.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the 36th minute of the game. The first one came when Nolan Wheeler rebounded the ball and put it into the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game. Nicholas Tjahjadi got the ball open on the top of the 18 and then fired a shot into the back of the net 3-0.

Early in the second half, the Braves put three shots on-goal and failed to score. The Braves’ defense controlled the Bulldogs’ offense.

The Bulldogs scored two goals to finish out the second half to win 5-0.

“I think we struggled defensively a little bit,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “We struggled possessing the ball and it’s hard to win games when you can’t possess the ball and you can’t take care of it.”

Against Champaign Centennial, the Braves took a 1-0 lead early when Zach Harvey made a goal. The Braves conceded two goals to Centennial to lose 2-1.

The Braves fall to 2-4 overall. The Braves will face Taylorville, Eisenhower-MacArthur, Effingham and Champaign Central.

“I think the possession and not turning over the ball,” Coach Crawford said. That’s a key for us. We’ve got to take care of the ball and we’ve struggled with losing the ball in bad situations. And then we have to defend and we have to defend quickly. So taking care of the ball is going to be the main main thing.”

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