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MTZ boys soccer goes 3-0 last week

Carter Bahls looks to pass in a 7-0 win against St. Teresa at Mt. Zion.

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion boys soccer team went 3-0 last week defeating Charleston, St. Teresa and Bloomington.

Against St. Teresa, the Braves didn’t get on the scoreboard till the seventh minute of the match despite their offensive attack. The Bulldogs conceded an own goal to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

In the 19th minute, Hayden Shumaker took one-touch off the ball, settled it and shot it in the low-left corner of the goal. Then three minutes later, Shumaker passed to Ramon Munoz who laid it off to Greg Frazier who nailed the ball low into the back of the wnt to give the Braves a 2-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Frazier got open on the breakaway and netted his second goal of the match that gave the Braves a 4-0 lead.

Frazier then went from scorer to playmaker with five minutes left in the first half. Frazier dished off a pass to Bryndon Wallace and Wallace shot and scored the ball right over the Bulldogs’ keeper’s hand to give the Braves a 5-0 halftime lead.

Jacob Harmison and Zack Paulson added goals that gave the Braves a 7-0 win. The Braves defense owed one lone shot on-goal and backup keeper Declan Woolsey made the save.

“We moved the ball well in the first half and we moved the ball halfway decent the last game, but today was much better,” Head coach Scott Crawford said. “Spacing got bigger and it was a much better movement through the midfield.”

The Braves improved to 9-2-3 overall and 5-0-2 in Apollo conference play. The Braves will face Richland County and Effingham this week.

“I just want us to continue to get better, defensively getting better, offensively getting better, using our spacing better,” Coach Crawford said. We are heading towards the playoffs and that means you have to be playing well at this time of the year.”

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