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The Mid-Prairie girls soccer team had their season come to an end with a 9-1 loss to Williamsburg in opening round of regional soccer.
Mid-Prairie’s lone goal came in the second half from sophomore Elizabeth Baker, who scored despite a swarming Williamsburg defense.
Coach Justin Barthelman said that going into the game Mid-Prairie hoped to use their speed on through balls to play Baker forward and generate offense.
On the opposite end, he said Williamsburg was playing things outside-in and spreading the defense out well enough to continue scoring. The Raiders first scored five minutes in as a shot just escaped the hands of goalkeeper Mackenzie Bean. Bean ended up with nine saves on the day.
The first goal energized Williamsburg and the scoreboard continued to climb in favor of Williamsburg. They scored three goals in three minutes. The Golden Hawks then held strong for 10 more minutes before a bevy of Williamsburg goals made it 7-0 at halftime.
“Our defense wasn’t necessarily up to the task. They had a lot of speed and played it out wide,” Barthelman said.
He said the Golden Hawks have had to take some lumps this year, but with so many minutes available for younger players it should give them a leg up on the future.
Eight of the 13 that played in the game for Mid-Prairie will be able to play next season. That includes two underclassmen in Elizabeth Baker and Emma Slaubaugh who have shown promise this season. Barthelman said that Baker will lead on the offensive side and Slaubaugh on the defensive end next year.
He also said there’s a solid class of middle school players that will be at the high school next year, so the future looks bright.
“We have a lot of young players that got a lot of experience and minutes that they necessarily might not have in other years,” Barthelman said.
It was the final game for six Mid-Prairie seniors including Bean, Maya Hall, Erin Horesowsky, Madison Swartzentruber and Kaylee Truitt. Barthelman said the group had contributed a lot to the team and they’ll miss their fight next year.
“The main thing was the team had a lot of ups and downs as far as injuries and things like that, but they just fought through it,” he said.
The team finished the season with a 1-10 record. Baker was the leading scorer with 12 goals. Hall had four; Frantz had three; and Caitlyn Riggan had two.
Bean led the way in goal for the Golden Hawks and had 102 saves on the season.
Baker had two assists. Hall had one; Frantz had one; Riggan had one; and Slaubaugh had one.