MONROE — A strong effort in the first half was not enough for the Prairie City-Monroe boy’s soccer team to fend of Chariton Thursday night in a 3-2 loss.
The Mustangs controlled the first half of play, with goals by Devin Herndon and Ryan Donahue.
Head coach Darrin Telfer said “the ball seemed to bounce” the Chargers’ way in the second half.
“We played hard, played together, but in the end came up just short,” said Telfer. “A few mistakes here and there, but I can’t complain. The effort and attitude is great.”
The Mustangs were up 2-0 at the half, but Chariton appeared to find all the opportunities in the final four minutes of the game, scoring three unanswered goals.
“We need to bounce back, and come back strong next week, Telfer said. “We have two tough opponents in Gilbert and Albia.”
Thursday’s loss puts the Mustangs at 0-4 overall on the season, but with all close losses, Telfer said he feels like the team is moving in the right direction.
The Mustang boys travel to Gilbert for a 5:30 p.m. game Tuesday at a 5:30 p.m. PCM plays at home Friday against Albia in Monroe.