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Looking for one or more wins before heading into postseason play, Mexico High School soccer boys prevailed 2-1 Tuesday night at home over NCMC rival Fulton.
Coming off a 4-0 road loss to Hannibal, another league foe, the day before, the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak in the second of three varsity-only outings this week to end the regular season.
““It was a fun and exciting game for the kids as both teams had good crowds making a lot of noise,” MHS coach Chris Hotop said. “This was a great win for our guys and hopefully we can carry this forward to our next game Thursday at home against Moberly.”
Having bowed 1-0 to the Hornets this time last month, the Bulldogs led 2-0 at halftime of the rematch, thanks to goals by Austin Miller and Christian McKeown. Miller scored in the eighth minute, putting the ball just inside the far post with McKeown assisting; McKeown doubled Mexico’s lead when he beat a couple of defenders and scored unassisted in the 30th minute.
Fulton (11-12/5-7) found the range nine minutes into the second half, but goal keeper Logan Ray kept Mexico (7-15/3-8) in the game with some great saves after intermission. With the wind at their back, the Hornets put 12 shots on goal after halftime with Ray making 11 saves then and 14 for the game.
“The wind played a factor as we controlled most of the first half and when we switched ends Fulton kept the pressure on,” the MHS coach noted. “McKeown, Jose Hernandez, Jesus Rivera and Elijah Robinson helped us defend the middle of the field, Josue Lopez made some great runs on the outside and made several good defensive plays, and our back line of Mathias Whitworth, Sean Kelly, Jared Smiley, Alex Hobbs and Cristian Vega played very well defensively.”
Mexico will meet Moberly again at 5 p.m. Monday in the Class 2/District 8 semifinals at Moberly. The Spartans are the No. 1 seed in a four-team field with Hannibal second, Kirksville third and Mexico fourth.