Hounds keep winning despite injuries

Hounds knock off conference foes Keokuk and Washington to move to 8-0 in loop play


FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison boys soccer team continues to dominate the Southeast Conference.

Despite losing junior scoring threats Xander Wellman and Jacob Pothitakis to season-ending leg injuries, the Bloodhounds have won their last two games and have surrendered just two goals in the past six matches.

On Monday night the Hounds again dispatched Keokuk in the first half on the mercy rule. They downed the Chiefs 13-1. They defeated Keokuk 13-0 in the first meeting at Baxter Sports Complex, again by winning in the first half.

Nathen Bowen had four goals in the match and completed the hat trick in 120 seconds. He scored his first goal on assists from Henry Graham and Dayton Davis 5:30 into the match. He scored again unassisted 30 seconds later and then scored his third goal to put Fort Madison up 5-0 a minute and half later.

Leif Boeding also had four goals on the night including the Bloodhounds’ final goal with five minutes left in the first half.

Henry Graham, Will Gager, Dayton Davis, and Reiburn Turnbull (2) all had goals for the Hounds in the win. Davis had five assists, Gager had four assists, and Austin Miller and Oliver Santiago each had three.

Keokuk scored its only goal at the 15:30 mark. Turnbull and Conner Gehling shared time in the net with Gehling giving up the only goal. Neither keeper had a save in the match.

On Thursday, the Hounds held on for a tough 3-1 win over Washington on the road.

Mitchell Pothitakis scored the first two goals for Fort Madison in the first half, 14 minutes in and 31 minutes in. Austin Miller got the assist on the first goal and Nathan Wiggins set the senior up with nine minutes left in the first half for a 2-0 lead at the half.

Senior Philip Goldie, usually anchoring the Bloodhound defense, got in on the scoring on a share from Pothitakis six minutes into the second half. Turnbull gave up a goal late to surrender what would have been Fort Madison’s fifth consecutive shutout. The senior had three saves on the night including a penalty kick save in the second half.

Fort Madison improves to 9-3 (8-0 in Southeast Conference) and have won seven in a row. They are currently the 11th ranked team in the state in Class 2A by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

2021 2nd-team All-state selection Mitchell Pothitakis is 2nd in class 2A in assists with 18 and 4th in goals with 18. He currently leads 2A in scoring with 54 points and is fourth overall in the state in scoring. Turnbull is second in 2A in goals allowed with three and is fourth in all classes.

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