FM boys still unbeaten in SEC soccer

Fort Madison's Jacob Pothitakis breaks up an advance from Burlington Notre Dame earlier this year. Pothitakis had a goal and two assists in Monday's 10-3 win over Washington. The Hounds are undefeated in Southeast Conference action and 7-1 on the year. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


WASHINGTON – Fort Madison exploded for six first half goals enroute to 10-3 win over Washington on the road Monday night.

Tate Settles had 10 saves on the night against the three allowed goals for the Bloodhounds.

The Hounds are getting production from all sides of the front with Xander Wellman and Reiburn Turnbull, who has been seeing time in the net, teaming up for two of Wellman goals on assists from Turnbull.

Mitchell Pothitakis scored three goals, one unassisted, one on key passes from Jacob Pothitakis and Will Gager and the hat trick came off a penalty kick just a minute into the second half.

Jacob Pothitakis got the favor returned when Mitchell and Wellman brought the ball to him for a goal with eight minutes left in the first half giving Fort Madison a 4-0 lead.

Washington scored quickly in the first half with just :30 gone, but Pothitakis answered on the penalty shot. Wellman would get one of his three goals on the night 20 minutes later. The Demons would score two inside of the next six minutes, but Gager would answer just a minute later.

Wellman would get his hat trick with 8:50 left in the match on an assist from the Pothitakis boys.

Fort Madison is now 7-1 on the year and 6-0 in Southeast Conference action. The Hounds only loss was to Class 1A No. 2 Burlington Notre Dame in the early going of the season. The Bloodhounds are two games in front of Fairfield in the conference and already have a win over the Trojans.

Mitchell Pothitakis leads the state in assists with 18 on the year and in points (46). He’s also tied for first in penalty kicks attempted with six. Wellman is currently 3rd in the state in shots with 50, four off the pace of West Central Valley’s Collin Mumford. Jacob Pothitakis is tied for 7th in the state in shots on goal with 28, seven off the pace.

The boys take on Central Lee tonight with an approximate 7 p.m. start time in a girls/boys varsity double header.

Fort Madison lost the junior varsity game in a penalty kick shoot out 4-3. Washington won the PK dual 3-2 with Conner Gehling snaring two of the Demons five penalty kicks. Oliver Santiago and Aiden Boyer each scored in the penalty kick overtime. Boyer had two goals in regulation and Nathan Bowen had the other score for FM.

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