BY PCC STAFF
FAIRFIELD – The 12th-ranked Fort Madison Bloodhounds remained perfect in Southeast Conference boys soccer Monday night with a critical win over No. 15 Fairfield on the road.
Mitchell Pothitakis scored all three goals for the Hounds, the first coming early with just six minutes gone and a set from Xander Wellman and Phillip Goldie.
Rankings posted by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association have the Hounds still at 12th in Class 2A. The Trojans are also in Class 2A. Cedar Rapids Xavier holds the top spot with a 6-3 record. Fort Madison’s only loss is to Class 1A top-ranked Burlington Notre Dame (11-0), in overtime.
The win over Fairfield, who’s only losses on the year have come at the hands of the Bloodhounds, could vault Fort Madison into the top 10.
Pothitakis is now tops in the state in scoring with 68 points and assists with 22. He’s 4th in the state in goals with 23.
The junior midfielder converted a penalty kick, his 8th of the season, also a state best, with 18 minutes left in the first half. He would complete the hat trick and round out the scoring for Fort Madison (10-1, 8-0) with an unassisted shot 22 minutes into the second half.
Fairfield would get on the board with nine minutes left after Reiburn Turnbull let one of nine shots on goal get by to preserve the win.
Sophomores Jacob Pothitakis and Wellman are both in the top 10 in the state in assists with 12 and 11 respectively. Pothitakis is 4th in scoring with 52 points.
The Bloodhounds lost the junior varsity contest 3-1. Jamarkus Kline had the lone goal for Fort Madison in the 2nd half to tie things up at 1, but the Trojan would tack two more on down the stretch for the win.
Tate Settles and Connor Gehling combined for five saves in the loss.