The Mt. Pleasant girls’ soccer team gave No. 10 Notre Dame a run for their money on Monday. The Panthers held a 1-0 lead at halftime but gave up a couple of second half goals to get clipped 2-1.
Mt. Pleasant’s first half goal came off the foot of Mary West. West beat a couple of Notre Dame defenders to a ball and sent it past the Nike keeper, putting the Nikes in a rare 1-0 hole.
“We countered upfield, loose ball right around the box, and Mary just beat two of the Notre Dame kids to the ball,” head coach Brennan Williams said. “She’s just on that front foot, and has a good strike. It’s something I’m pretty impressed and proud of, because they had only given up (six) goals all season.”
The Panthers held on to a 1-0 lead throughout the first half despite a barage of shots from the Nike offense. Keeper Ayden Ross had to stay active throughout both halves, saving 17 shots on the day.
“Great performance, all over the place,” Coach Williams said about his keeper. “All sorts of saves, every style, every kind. She’s getting shots from all angles, high and low. She really gave it her best effort.”
Unfortunately for the Panthers, Notre Dame scored a couple of goals midway through the second half, one by Grace Dupuis, and one by Ameliea Schwenker, and Mt. Pleasant couldn’t equalize the game in the final minutes.
The loss comes off the heels of a win in the West Liberty tournament over the weekend. The Panthers beat Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union 1-0 on a goal by West, and took down hosting West Liberty 3-0, using goals from West, Sydney Doak and Elizabeth Litchfield.
“That tournament was much needed, and the results were much needed,” Coach Williams said. “We got our footing under us, really. And then this result today, obviously a defeat isn’t what you want, but with a team like Burlington Notre Dame .. I was just proud of the work rate of it.”
Mt. Pleasant will be back at home on Thursday, May 16, when they host Wapello for senior night.