Hounds shutout streak extends to three

BY JOHN BOHNENKAMP
PCC SPORTS

FORT MADISON – Fort Madison’s boys soccer team had another big scoring night.
The Bloodhounds extended their winning streak to four with an 11-0 win over Mount Pleasant on Thursday at the Baxter Sports Complex.
Fort Madison (6-3 overall, 5-0 Southeast Conference) has outscored its last three opponents 34-0. This match lasted only a half, keeping the Bloodhounds fresh for next week, when they get Fairfield at home and Washington, which is in second place in the conference, on the road.
“We’re mostly healthy,” Fort Madison coach Kevin Wellman said. “We’ve got a couple of nagging things. We’re going into the stretch of the season, the middle of the season, where we have some key games, and we’ve got to be ready.”
The Bloodhounds were methodical in putting away the Panthers, with a long list of goals.
• 1:00 — Xander Wellman, assisted by Maddox Rung and Mitchell Pothitakis
• 4:00 — Wellman, assisted by Pothitakis
• 7:30 — Wellman, assisted by Jacob Shottenkirk and Pothitakis
• 12:30 — Henry Graham, assisted by Pothitakis
• 13:00 — Leif Boeding, assisted by Dayton Davis and Nathen Bowen
• 14:30 — Wellman, assisted by Bowen
• 21:30 — Graham, assisted by Pothitakis and Reiburn Turnbull
• 29:00 — Pothitakis ,assisted by Phillip Goldie
• 30:30 — Maddox Rung, assisted by Boeding and Goldie
• 31:00 — Dayton Davis, assisted by Pothitakis and Goldie
• 34:00 — Boeding, assisted by Goldie
“I was able to move some guys around,” Kevin Wellman said. “Some younger guys got to play more tonight. Some younger guys got more involved in the stat sheet, with goals and assists.”
Wellman said he appreciated the sportsmanship of the Panthers.
“The center referee told (Mount Pleasant coach Neil) Schmitz that his players handled the situation well, very professionally,” Wellman said. “I asked my boys, and they said the same thing, that these guys were a pleasure to play against.
“It’s tough. I’ve been on the receiving end of it as a coach, as a player. It wears on you. You start questioning whether you’re doing the right thing or not. It’s nice to hear what the official said.”
The Bloodhounds have their junior varsity tournament on Saturday before getting back into conference play.
“We’ve got to do our best next week, take care of business, stay on top of the conference,” Wellman said.

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