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It only took about 10 seconds after the ball came off Mid-Prairie goalkeepers Mackenzie Bean’s foot for Elizabeth Baker to take a shot and score the Golden Hawk’s lone goal in a 11-1 loss to West Liberty.
With favorable wind and a strong kick, Bean was able to get it to the middle of the field, where the ball was played through and up to Baker. Baker caught the West Liberty goalie in an awkward position and from the right corner of the box put it over her head for the goal and the 1-0 lead just seven minutes into their game against West Liberty.
“The first 10-15 minutes we were aggressive on their end, had a few shots and had a few good looks,” Justin Barthelman, Mid-Prairie girls head coach said.
After that, Mid-Prairie was able to hold onto the lead for 12 more minutes before a lob pass and breakaway goal from the West Liberty side tied the game at one.
Things went downhill from there and before the end of the half West Liberty had made the score 8-1.
West Liberty scored their 11th straight goal at the 22:19 mark of the second half and the game ended there.
The Mid-Prairie girls program is facing dwindling numbers, with 13 current active players on their roster. They’ve lost multiple players to season-ending injuries, including second leading scorer Katie Frantz, who broke her wrist in last Friday’s 10-0 loss to Mediapolis.
“We’re at 13 (players) at the moment. We’ve lost some girls to injuries and we lost one on Friday.” Barthelman said. “It’s been one thing after the other, but I give the girls credit because they just keep fighting.”
Bean had a nice day in the goal, stopping her first penalty kick faced of the season and tallying 16 saves on the day.
Barthelman also praised Emma Slaubaugh, who he said has filled into their sweeper position nicely and helps lead the defensive unit.
Mid-Prairie is on the road their next two games, playing at Cedar Valley Christian on Thursday and at Keokuk on Friday. They return home next Monday against Northeast.
Mid-Prairie: 1; 0 ; 1
West Liberty: 8, 3, 11