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After a slow start, the Mid-Prairie boys soccer team found the goal eight times in the first half on the way to a 10-0 win over Highland on Monday.
Ricky Vargas scored the first three goals for the Golden Hawks, who had just five goals on 54 shots in the previous two games.
“It felt good,” Vargas said. “We really hadn’t been putting them away like we wanted to and it cost us a game. It was good to see that we were putting them away.”
Ryan Harapat gave Mid-Prairie a 4-0 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the first half.
Mid-Prairie scored four goals in under two minutes including two from Cian Borra, one from Ashten VanWinkel, and a second goal from Harapat.
Just 13 seconds elapsed between the Golden Hawks’ seventh and eighth goals in the first half.
The Huskies played with no substitutes.
“We had no bench today,” coach Tony Castillo said. “We had a couple kids with engagements that they had to take care of. So we just did what we had to do.
“When we started off, they were doing well. We were moving the ball, they were actually moving and playing better defense and not chasing the ball and stabbing.”
Caden Brown and Ryan Miller scored the second half goals for Mid-Prairie.
Mid-Prairie falls at Columbus
Despite outshooting the Wildcats by a three to one margin, Mid-Prairie came away from Columbus with a 1-0 loss on Friday.
“We had our opportunities, we had a couple breakaways, we had a couple fouls,” Mid-Prairie coach Pat Cady said.
At the 19-minute mark, Mid-Prairie took a bad touch on a goal kick, re-directing it into the center of the field.
A Wildcat midfielder found Columbus senior Eric Cantarero, who has six goals in six games.
“It was probably the one time where we didn’t identify when he was coming across the box that night,” Cady said.
With the help of a bounce off of the uneven field, Cantarero beat two defenders and buried a shot inside the back post for the game’s only goal.
Highland suffers one-goal losses
Caleb Brase scored his third goal of the season but the Huskies lost by one goal for the second time in three days, leaving Wapello with a 2-1 defeat on Thursday, April 20.
The Indians had a 2-0 lead at halftime. Cristian Arciga came from the corner and crossed the ball in front of the net. Brase got his head on the ball, directing it over the goalie into the corner of the net.
The Huskies had missed opportunities, including a missed penalty kick in the one-goal loss.
Coach Tony Castillo was encouraged by the offensive attack.
“We started shooting, we took some shots,” he said.
“We got up there and we had some nice crosses and had some nice passes and they actually took shots. They were going for it. "
Cristian Arciga and Caleb Brase each scored a goal as Highland dropped a close contest to Mediapolis 3-2 on Tuesday, April 18.
Highland fell behind 2-0 to the Bulldogs, but came back with two goals in the second half. The Huskies drew a penalty and Arciga beat the goalie for his first score of the season. Highland also recieved a goal from Brase, who has three of Highland’s four goals this season.
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