BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
KEOKUK – Three quick goals by Keokuk to start the second half were enough to give Fort Madison it’s first loss in five games.
The two teams battled without a goal with Keokuk controlling the ball on their side of the field for most of the first half, but the Lady Hounds defense held and goalie Josie Pumphrey had four saves in the first 10 minutes. But with 9:34 left in the first half, Keokuk dumped a soft shot over Pumphrey’s head into the right side of the goal to take a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Hounds had several break chances to score, including one ball that got past the Keokuk goalie, but a trailer was able to foot stop the ball prior to rolling over the line and Keokuk held their 1-0 lead going into the half.
The wheels came off temporarily to start the second half, but after Keokuk took a 4-0 lead, the Hounds battled back heading north on the field. Kalifa McCaleb scored for the Hounds and Dezire Kline put another ball into the net shortly after. Allison Brune had assists on both FMHS goals.
Keokuk regrouped and put on some clock management tactics to put the game away.
“They had come to Keokuk wanting to win and so they did not give up and kept attacking,” said head coach Sebastian Seifert. “Time was running out and Keokuk used pretty smart clock management towards the end. We had a few more chances but could not convert.”
Kalifa McCaleb was awarded Player of the game by her teammates.
The Lady Hounds are now 5-3 and 3-2 in conference, and travel to Mediapolis on Tuesday and host Davenport West on Friday.