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MTZ boys soccer gets big conference draw

Jay Oliveria looks to contain the Bulldogs’ midfielder in a 0-0 draw against Mahomet-Seymour.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team ended last week with a draw against an Apollo Conference foe Mahomet-Seymour and a loss to Champaign Centennial.

Against Mahomet-Seymour, the first half ended in a 0-0 draw with both teams only getting two shots-on-goal apiece.

In the second half, the Braves pressures the Bulldogs offensively. In the 67th minute, Hayden Shumaker took a free-kick and it was saved.

Later in the half, the Braves offense continued to get opportunities on goal with corner kicks. The Bulldogs’ defenders got their heads on the ball to save it from being in the back of the net.

“I think the third game of the season was pretty good,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “I think obviously we’re not game fit yet. We had some cramps going on, playing on the turf. But all in all I thought we played well. We lost the midfield a little bit there for a while and, and once we picked that back up, we looked pretty good. So I thought we played well.”

The Braves’ defense was also tested. Goalkeeper Joshua Garrett came up huge, stepping off his line to get to the ball and making saves to keep his second clean sheet of the season intact. His defenders Carter Bahls, Thomas Kanemaru and Will Grohne also had solid defensive plays down the stretch.

“Those guys battled and they battled well and they won the ball in the air,” Coach Crawford said. “We were really good in the air. We’re still figuring out the back four and who will be in the back four. I think they played well. I think they played together a little more communication.”

The Braves are now 2-1-1 and will face Taylorville, Eisenhower/MacArthur and Effingham.

“I just want to keep getting better,” Coach Crawford said. “I think we need to stay organized. We need to stay together and we need to stay healthy.”

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