BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Well…it wasn’t rained out, but the Bloodhounds found themselves in a deluge against a formidable Burlington Grayhound girls soccer team Tuesday at the Baxter Sports Complex.
The Hounds lost to BHS 9-0, which was the score at the end of the first half. High School rules have a 10-0 mercy rule and Burlington substituted freely and was clearly working on their game in the 2nd half.
Head Coach Sebastian Seifert said starters Kaeli Hutson, Taylor Shannan, and Emily Wolf worked well throughout the game.
“These three started as our offensive line and though they didn’t have as many chances as we had hoped for, they did play well together. We switched formations this year and are still trying to see how well it is going to work for us. It is still early but we are evaluating our options,” Seifert said.
The Hounds have 25 girls on the roster this year which is a new record, according to Seifert.
“This is the fourth year of this program and we are seeing growth which is exciting. The key will be creating an environment that will attract more athletes so the program can become more successful over time,” he said.
After the game, the team voted Brynn Schroeder player of the game. Schroeder is a senior and in her fourth year playing.
“She played a new position this game in defensive mid and did a very good job,” Seifert said.
“The girls have worked hard to prepare for this game, so as a coach you just want your athletes to succeed if they have put in the work. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Burlington was a lot better and the result shows it. We look forward to our game on Thursday and hope to even out our record.
The Bloodhounds host Canton, Mo., at the Baxter Sports Complex in Fort Madison at 5:30 p.m. This is the first year the FMHS home games will all be played at the sports complex.