Isabelle Holmes looks to pass in a 7-1 Braves’ win against Pana at Pana.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion girls soccer team went 2-0 last week picking up wins against Monticello and Pana.
Against Pana, the Braves controlled possession but didn’t score until the 32nd minute of the game. McKenzie Krieger was fouled inside the box and awarded a penalty kick. Krieger shot the ball to the low left-side of the Pana goalkeeper to make the score 1-0.
Eleven minutes went without a score, but Maddie Kendall took a shot from 30-yards out that found the back of the net to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.
The Braves scored again with two minutes left in the first half. Paityn Koester kept the play alive getting a pass in bounds to Kendall. Kendall then found Krieger who sprint to the ball and scored her second goal of the night to give the Braves a 3-0 first half lead.
The Braves conceded a goal early in the second half to Pana that made the score 3-1. The Braves regained their composure and got goals from Krieger, two from Kendall and one from Boston Flanigan for a 7-1 win. Kendall and Krieger both recorded hat tricks for the match.
“We played pretty well,” Head coach Jonathan Moore said. “I thought once we settled down and we started finding feet and possessing the ball a little bit, then we started sustaining those attacks and got us multiple shots, and then that’s when we started finding the net.”
The Braves improved to 6-2 overall. This week the Braves will face Mahomet-Seymour, Taylorville and Warrensburg-Latham.
“Moving forward we want to take advantage of our scoring opportunities, make sure we stay over the top of the ball, find corners and be strong defensively, communicate through everything we do and just try to outwork people,” Coach Moore said.