BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – It wasn’t the most pleasant of nights, but the Fort Madison Bloodhounds got their first soccer win of the year on a chilly, wet night at Baxter Sports Complex.
With some other events canceled due to weather, the Hounds took to the pitch and a came away with a 4-2 win over Washington to move to 1-1 on the year and 1-0 in Southeast Conference action.
Xander Wellman and Jacob Pothitakis both had two goals in the win, each with a goal in both the first and second half.
A goal into the right side of the net past a sliding keeper from Xander Wellman proved to be the winning goal at the 24:12 mark.
The Hounds opened up a 1-0 lead when Pothitakis took an ball from Williams at with 28:08 left in the first half and punched it in. Then just three minutes later Wellman scored on an assist from Mitchell Pothitakis.
On Washington’s next trip down the field, the Hounds were whistled for a knock down on a Demon attack resulting in a penalty kick, which squirted by FM keeper Reiburn Turnbull with 24:11 left in the period for a 2-1 score.
No other goals were scored in the first half.
The Demons would tie things up at the 29:47 mark with on an attack from Turnbull’s left side. The Demon’s shot the ball across the front of the net and into the net as Turnbull dove to his right to make it 2-2.
Most of the rest of the match was played on Fort Madison’s side of the field with plenty of action at midfield.
Wellman broke the tie with his shot from the left side into the right bottom of the net. Mitchell Pothitakis would miss a penalty kick to the right side and high before Jacob Pothitakis would cap the scoring on an assist Mitchell with just over four minutes left in the game.
Head Coach Kevin Wellman said the Hounds are still seeing two different styles of play with the inaugural year of a combined Fort Madison and Holy Trinity Catholic team.
“We’re still working some kinks out the different styles of play and that’s causing some trouble deciding when to play certain styles,” he said.
“But the chemistry when we have the ball in the middle of the field is fantastic. Really good short passes amongst the midfielders. Even transition to defenders to the midfielders is really good, we’re just having a bit of a disconnect getting into the attacking third of the field.”
Fort Madison took 24 shots on the night to the just nine from the Demons. The Hounds had 13 shots on goal. Turnbull had two saves
The Hounds host a seven-team tournament starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the sports complex.