MT. VERNON —
The Rams soccer team cruised to a comfortable lead and held off a late challenge from Teutopolis on Saturday afternoon.
Mt. Vernon rolled its way to a 3-0 lead. It was an edge the Rams maintained until late. The Wooden Shoes made the match close behind a pair of penalty kick goals, but the Rams managed a 4-3 win.
“This is a good win for us,” Mt. Vernon coach Jim Duncan said. “I'm really happy for our result.”
Both teams traded possession through the opening 10 minutes of action before the Rams took control. Mt. Vernon was able to establish an offense rhythm behind midfielders Braydon Riley and Josh Cortez throughout the game. The two held possession and distributed the ball to the Rams forwards.
“What we saw in the first 10 minutes of the game was their middle was open, and so we started going straight down the middle then,” Duncan said.
Adam Donoho took advantage of his chance just seven minutes into the opening half. He took the ball into the penalty area and cracked a shot past Teutopolis goalie Seth Belford.
Mt. Vernon's domination continued. The Rams racked up 10 shots on goal and created eight corner kick chances in the first half.
Eventually, the Wooden Shoes yielded another chance to the Rams. Mac Jones took a pass from Hunter Schrader inside the penalty area. He turned and fired a shot into the goal for a 2-0 Mt. Vernon lead with less than 10 minutes left in the half.
Mt. Vernon started the second half in similar fashion, dominating possession and creating threatening opportunities.
Thirteen minutes into action, Mt. Vernon's Dalton McGowen cracked a shot from 35 yards away. The ball short-hopped a diving Belford and bounced into the goal. The score gave Mt. Vernon a 3-0 cushion.
Teutopolis scored its opening goal on a penalty kick with 14 minutes left in the game. The Wooden Shoes drew a foul inside the box, and Mitch Meinhart converted.
Mt. Vernon's Braydon Riley answered back when he found an opening about 18 yards out. His shot found the upper portion of the net and restored the Rams three-goal edge at 4-1.
Teutopolis made the game close with a pair of scores in the final six minutes. The first came off a rebound shot. The Wooden Shoes then received another penalty kick when Mt. Vernon's Joseph McDanel was called for a hand ball inside the box.
“The two calls in the box could have gone either way, but I'm not going to complain about them,” Duncan said.
Mt. Vernon is 3-2 this season and hosts Effingham on Wednesday.