MHS season ends despite 'best match'

Gracie Tuel of Monticello moves the ball in a recent match against Cedar Valley Christian. The Panthers' season ended with a May 16 loss to Tipton. (Photo by Pete Temple)
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

   It was “the best match that we played all year,” Monticello coach Bruce Feuling said, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the Tipton Tigers from ending the Panthers’ girls soccer season May 16 in Tipton.

   Tipton scored one goal in each half, going on to a 2-0 win over Monticello in a Class 1A first round regional match.

   “We had better spacing, we were more aggressive on defense, and we played with a lot of energy,” Feuling said. “We were able to put together some offensive runs, but were not able to get the ball in the net.”

   Tipton scored with about 15 minutes left in the half after a battle for a loose ball in front of the Monticello net. The Tigers’ second goal came on a long shot five minutes into the second half.

   Becky Lang was the Panther goalkeeper, making 27 saves. Monticello had four shot attempts, one each from Hailey Wilson, Issabella Mullen, Gracie Henderson and Sarah Spence.

   The Panthers finished with a record of 1-10.

   “This was a good year, and I have seen much improvement in many of the girls,” coach Feuling said. “The seniors were good mentors for the younger players and will be greatly missed. Coach (Duff) Coleman and coach (Drew) Arduser were invaluable in their assistance this year, and I look forward to working with them next year as well.”




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