MONROE — Prairie City-Monroe’s girls soccer team mounted a comeback in the second half Thursday night, scoring three goals in six minutes. The Mustangs defeated Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s Raiders, 3-1, in their home opener.
Sophomore Faith Martin, brought in from the junior varsity team, began the rally with a goal at the 65:08 minute mark. Head Coach Bill Sowder said he was “very proud” to see Martin step up at the varsity level.
“I think the girls did a great job,” Sowder said. “They did exactly what I wanted to see them do. I was really impressed at how they controlled the game. For three-quarters of the game we kept the ball at their end of the field.”
Sowder said that a miscommunication on defense led to the lone CMB goal of the night when Raider Tabitha Halferty broke away to score at the 35:29 minute mark.
At halftime, CMB lead 1-0 and Raider head coach Gary Cummings said the Raiders seemed to lose focus in the second half.
“Overall, we played well,” Cummings said.
Other Mustang scorers were senior captain Jena Uitermarkt and sophomore Jessica Albright.
The PCM boys soccer team was on the road Thursday night and couldn’t mount an offense against the Chariton Chargers, falling 3-0.
The Mustang girls will hit the field again Saturday at the girls varsity soccer tournament at Southeast Polk High School, pitting the class 2A Mustangs against multiple 4A teams. Games begin at 9 a.m., with PCM playing Newton at 10 a.m., S.E. Polk at 1:30 p.m. and Davenport West at 4:30 p.m.