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MTZ wins final match of the season

Matthew Platzbecker battles a Charleston player in the midfield in an 11-1 win against Charleston at Charleston.

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team won its last game of the season 11-1 against Charleston and saw the second record broken for the Braves in a single season.

“They’ve put the ball in the back of the net when it’s time to do it,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “And as far as Hayden (Shumaker) goes with the assists, assists records, he gives him the ball he’s unselfish and he does the right things at the right time.”

Junior Hayden Shumaker broke the single season assists record for the school a couple weeks back for the Braves.

“It feels good to break the record and it’s exciting,” Shumaker said. “It’s been a record for a long time.”

Going into the match, Senior Kam Clark needed one goal to break the single season goals record for the Braves. Early in the game, Clark was substituted out due to a cut and had to bid patiently for the goal.

During Clark’s wait, the Braves took a 2-1 lead. Shumaker found Evan Griffith in the seventh minute that Griffith fired into the low corner of the net to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Trojans had a goal called in by the refs, but the Braves regained the lead when Shumaker found Zach Harvey right down the middle for a goal and a 2-1 Braves lead.

In the 18th minute, Clark secured the record. Clark got the ball around the top of the 18-yard line and fired a shot that landed in the high low-corner of the net. That goal was Clark’s 32nd goal of the season.

“It’s amazing,” Clark said. “At the beginning of the season I wanted to score, I wanted to get the record and I got it. On the shot, I always just try to bend the ball into the net and hope for the best.”

The Braves went on to score eight more goals in the game. Shumaker, Harvey, Garrett Odom, Carter Bahls and Harvey added one more goal. Clark and Griffith scored twice apiece to give them both a hat trick.

“I thought we did a nice job,” Coach Crawford said. “We played well. We moved the ball, put it on the ground and we had some nice assists. movement up top was good defensively we lacked a little bit but overall we played well.”

The Braves finish their regular season 17-5-2 and in second place in the Apollo Conference with a 9-1-2 record. The Braves move on to regional play and will face Jacksonville in the regional semifinal on Tuesday. Jacksonville finished its season 9-8-1 and a 3-4 Central State Eight record. The winner of the match will face the winner of Chatham-Glenwood and American in the regional final on Saturday.

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