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MTZ boys soccer wins two, ties Lincoln last week

Bradyen Traxler attempts to clear the ball in the defensive third in a 5-0 win against Mattoon at home in Mt. Zion.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team won Apollo Conference matches against Mahomet-Seymour and Mattoon. The tie came against Lincoln on the road.

Against Lincoln, the Braves were down 2-0 and came back and secured a 3-3 tie. Against Mahomet-Seymour the Braves won 1-0 in a hard fought defensive battle.

“I think the only thing that I would have wanted more out of it was against Lincoln,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “That match against Lincoln was the best soccer game that we’ve played all year. We moved the ball well, we had opportunity after opportunity and we just didn’t didn’t finish when we needed to finish. Thursday against Mahomet it was back and forth back and forth. You know, we got lucky we had a turnover in the midfield and we capitalize on it and that’s what we look for.”

Against Mattoon, the Braves started their scoring in the fifth minute. Luke Shumaker made a pass to Kam Clark. Clark took his one on one opportunity with the Green Wave goalkeeper and netted a goal down the middle of the net to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Less than five minutes later Hayden Shumaker scored a goal into the low corner of the net to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.

The Braves went into the second half with a 2-0 lead. Clark netted his second goal of the match in the 55th minute. Clark’s goal tied him with the all-time season scoring record with 31 goals on the season.

Zach Harvey and Greg Frazier both scored to give the Braves a 5-0 win. For the Braves, it was a week that put them into momentum into the last week of the season. For senior center back Brayden Traxler it was a similar meeting and felt better to end his home career with a win against Mattoon.

“It feels good to beat Mattoon,” Traxler said. Obviously it’s special because I’ve played with most of these guys for my entire life and we didn’t really have a positive record against Mattoon and it feels good to beat them. Now it’s about winning as many games as possible, keep recording shutouts and limit the other teams from scoring goals.”

This week the Braves will face Charleston and Jacksonville on the road. The match against Jacksonville will be a sneak peek of what the Braves will see in their regional semifinal on October 18 as the Braves face Jacksonville at Meridian’s regional.

“We have to continue with everything that we’ve done,” Coach Crawford said. “Up to now it’s we’re moving the ball well, we’re working well defensively, we’re getting better every game. I think they’re really important games we have to play well against Charleston and then Jacksonville. We got to see what they have so we can figure out what we’re going to do for regionals.”

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