MONROE — Prairie City-Monroe’s soccer team started 0-4 last year and 0-5 in 2017. And the Mustangs didn’t get their third win in either season until several days into the month of May.
While Thursday’s overtime match against Collins-Maxwell wasn’t pretty and not PCM’s best effort, the end result was positive and the team is now 3-1 overall.
On a cold and windy night, junior Rayce Kohlhoff sent the Mustangs home with a 1-0 victory in overtime.
Kohlhoff scored his first career varsity goal in the 83rd minute.
“It felt great. It’s great to get the win,” Kohlhoff said. “It was a tough game, but we persevered. I was just glad to be in the right spot at the right time.”
The Mustangs won five matches all of last season. And they haven’t started 3-1 or won more than three matches total very many times in the last 10 years.
“I don’t think PCM has been 3-1 in a long time. It feels amazing, and we are hungry to get some more,” Kohlhoff said.
PCM controlled the match from the opening minutes, but just couldn’t get the ball into the net. The wind caused problems for both teams, too.
The Mustangs had an 8-2 advantage in shots and a 3-0 surplus in corner kicks in the first half. They had nine more shots than the Spartans in the second half, too.
Collins-Maxwell (0-5) has yet to score a goal this season and only had two shots on goal against PCM.
Kohlhoff’s game-winning goal came on the team’s first attempt in overtime. It was 2:19 into the extra session, and the shot came off a long throw in by senior Carson Clark.
“We tried everything and challenged them. We tried to do whatever it took to win,” PCM coach Darrin Telfer said.
PCM has five goals this season. And Kohlhoff is the fifth different person to score. Telfer said after Tuesday’s win over Nevada that he didn’t care if someone different scored every night. He was only half serious though.
“Our forwards are trying to get chemistry,” Telfer said. “We are putting some different combinations together to see what works.
“Our defense hasn’t given up many goals. The defense is playing well.”
Neither Telfer nor Kohlhoff blamed the wind as a reason for the lack of scoring. Telfer thinks playing a third match this week was a bigger factor.
PCM also played the game without junior Noah Hirayama, who is out until next week with a bruised foot.
“We may have been a little tired. I am happy for the kids though that they pulled this one out,” Telfer said. “It feels pretty good, but we can always be better. We will keep challenging them.”
The Mustangs look for their fourth win of the season when they host Chariton at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Monroe.