By Colin Mather
The Mound Westonka High School boys soccer team won an easy game against Hutchinson on Sept. 8. The first goal came in the eighth minute from a penalty kick by senior Jack Ryall after he was tripped in the penalty box. Junior captain Michael Doshan added a superb free kick goal from the edge of the penalty box just before the half.
In the second half, the White Hawks piled on four more goals from open play, with junior Manu Jordan, senior Harry Moen, senior Jordan Barreto and senior Pete Timberg all getting on the score sheet. Junior keeper Kellen Baklund put in a notable shut-out performance in goal. Final score: MWHS 6 – Hutchinson 0
The White Hawks’ second contest of the week was a much more enthralling game under the Friday night lights at Holy Family in Victoria. From the outset the home team had the better of this contest, but MWHS took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute when senior captain Brayden Van Gelder tapped in from close range after junior captain Michael Doshan provided the cross. Holy Family tied the game up in the 49th minute when senior defenseman Gavin Lund banged home a close range shot after a scramble resulting from a corner.
The next phase of the game was much more balanced, and it really looked like either team could win. The tilt fell decidedly Holy Family’s way in the 73rd minute though, as MWHS senior captain Santi Phommahaxay was shown a straight red card for a tackle that came in a split second late on Holy Family senior forward Bishop Schugel. Schugel would have had an unabated path to the goalie to try and score without the trip and, as such, the red card call was the correct one to make.
The red card meant MWHS would play the last 6 minutes a man down and, more importantly, it gave Holy Family an incredible burst of confidence that they could win the tie. The game winner came from Schugel with just 2 minutes to play when he shot a fairly harmless effort that was inadvertently steered past the goalkeeper by one of the MWHS players. Holy Family scored again with 1 second left on the clock to win the match 3-1. A tense, thrilling contest where both teams left it all out on the field. Final score: Holy Family 3 – MWHS 1