Lady Hounds break “one-goal” curse

Fort Madison's Claire Pothitakis, shown here playing a little midfield defense against Burlington last week, scored a goal with :20 left to give the Hounds their first conference win of the year Monday at Baxter Sports Complex. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – Claire Pothitakis’ goal with just 20 seconds left lifted the “one-goal curse” from the Fort Madison Lady Hounds girls soccer team.

The goal, the senior’s second of the night, gave Fort Madison a 4-3 win over Washington in Southeast Conference action Monday night at Baxter Sports Complex.

“The “one-goal curse” is finally over, thanks to a tremendous effort from the team and a goal from Claire Pothitakis with 20 seconds left in the game,” head coach Carrie Burken said. “It was a really back-and-forth game. Each team was in the lead at various points of the game. The difference really was our determination to do everything we could to win.”

The Demons knocked in an “own goal” letting the ball slip into their own net just nine minutes into the match for the only point of the first half. Both defenses held strong with Bloodhounds keeper Kailyn Guzman not recording a save

The second half started much the same way with no scoring for the first 20 minutes. Washington would tie things up at the 21:43 mark with a goal on Guzman. They would take the lead eight minutes later 2-1.

Pothitakis would get free in the front with 10:41 left to knot the score at 2 each. Alaina Simpson would score two possessions later coming in front the side at the 7:31 mark to give Fort Madison a lead at 3-2.

Washington wasn’t done on the offensive side sliding another ball into the net with 4:41 left in the game setting up Pothitakis last second heroics to seal the win.

“Normally I talk about special players, but I really can’t this time. Things that don’t show up on the stat sheet are the pass which led to the cross, which in turn led to the winning goal. It doesn’t show how many times we were first to the ball in midfield. This was a team effort and a team win,” Burken said.

Brandy Walker had an assist and a shot in the game. Simpson had a goal on her only shot on the keeper. Guzman gave up three goals and registered eight saves, all in the second half.

Taylor Crabtree had a shot on goal as did Coree James. Pothitakis had an assist and four shots on goal in the Hounds (2-4, 1-4) win. The Fort Madison girls host Central Lee at Baxter Sports Complex in a girls/boys double header starting at 5 p.m Tuesday.

Washington falls to 3-3 (2-3) with the loss.

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