The Mt. Zion boys soccer team celebrated their seniors on senior day. From left to right: Bryndon Wallace, Joshua Garrett, Hayden Shumaker, Thomas Kanemaru. Ramon Munoz and Carter Bahls.
By BLAKE FAITH
The Mt. Zion boys soccer team started their season 2-0 last week defeating Argenta-Oreana and Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth.
Against the Cardinals, the Braves’ offense was contained for 34 minutes as they only got one shot on goal. That changed when Hayden Shumaker picked off the ball in a miscue outside the 18-yard line. Shumaker shot and scored to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
With 15 seconds left in the first half, Thomas Konemaru threw the ball into Vladimir Kochol. Kochol fired in a crossing pass to Greg Frazier. Frazier beat the Cardinals’ keeper to the ball and got a foot on it and buried the ball into the back of the net to give the Braves a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Braves picked up where they left off six minutes into the second half. Bryndon Wallace delivered the throw in that went right off the Cardinals’ keeper’s glove. Jacob Harmison was right there and buried the shot to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.
Shumaker finished off the scoring for the Braves when he got a one-on-one opportunity missing the first shot and then gathering his rebound and scoring to give the Braves a 4-0 lead. Braves’ goalkeeper Joshua Garrett was called into action with 18 minutes left making a diving catch and save to preserve his shutout.
“I think we moved the ball well,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “I think we found people that we needed to find on the field and we moved the ball. Defensively, we still have a lot to work on. We are still young in the back and so we’re working through that. But otherwise, the first two games, not too bad.”
The Braves start 2-0 and will face Apollo Conference for Mahomet-Seymour and Champaign Centennial next week.
“I think defense is going to be the key for us,” Coach Crawford said. “I think we’re going to have to make sure that we keep things tight and keep things small and then when we get the ball, we need to get big so we can go forward with it. But defensively is gonna be the key for next week.”