MAHOMET — Jeremy Davis has started to get his Bulldogs’ soccer team to play at an elite level yet again. M-S won three straight conference matches this week to improve their record to 7-2-1 overall. Mahomet-Seymour is a perfect 4-0 in Apollo Conference play.
M-S 6, Charleston 2. Jake Janda put the Bulldogs on his back in a 6-2 win over Charleston last Thursday. Janda finished with four goals in the big win.
Eli Warren finished with one goal and two assists. Warren’s goal was called the “goal of the season” by head coach Jeremy Davis.
“(Warren) drove on the keeper and had a shifty move of the ball from his right to his left foot to create an angle to put the ball around the keeper,” Davis said.
Janda’s speed was a problem for Charleston all night long, and the Bulldogs did a great job of getting the ball to Janda out in space for him to make a play.
“Charleston could not match the speed of Janda who became the focal point of the Bulldog attack,” Davis said. “Janda was able to put it into top gear on one of the plays. Eli Warren led him and Jake was able to create a gap of half a nautical mile between him and the nearest defender. The keeper came out and Jake got him to commit low and then chipped it over him.”
Kadyn Jones had a goal and an assist. Logan Woodward and Xavier Schmidt both notched one assist.
The junior varsity also had a strong night, winning 6-0.
M-S 5, Lincoln 1. Lincoln entered the match with six victories on the season, but Warren, Janda and Woodward controlled the match all day.
Janda finished with a goal and an assist. Warren and Woodward both chipped in two goals and one dime.
Nate Lundstrom and Clayton Gibson both had one assist.
“Evan Coleman did a great job in his first start of the season,” Davis said. “The team was able to use most of the field in possessing the ball and spreading Lincoln out, then finding space forward to penetrate the ball behind the Railsplitter backs. Sam Knight played well in goal.”
The junior varsity squad gave up their first goal of the season but still managed to cruise to a 4-1 victory.
M-S 7, Mattoon 4. Colton Brunner’s goal tied up the score at 1 midway through the first half, but Mattoon responded with back-to-back goals before halftime to take a 3-1 lead. It could’ve been easy for M-S to think, “Here we go again.” The Bulldogs have lost to Mattoon in three straight regional championship matches.
“Kadyn Jones said to the boys at half how he was tired of losing to this team,” Davis said. “He came out and was the best player on the field.”
Jones and Janda sparked a massive comeback, and M-S finally bested Mattoon for the first time in four years 7-4. Janda scored three goals.
The junior varsity Bulldogs won a hotly-contested match 4-2 to improve to 6-0.
M-S will play at Bloomington at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. They’ll travel to Effingham to conclude a three-game road trip Tuesday. They’ll return to Middletown Field for a 6 p.m. tilt with Taylorville on Thursday.