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Mustangs’ win streak halted by ranked Lions

Prairie City-Monroe sophomore Gavin Burkman does his best to mark Des Moines Christian senior Ben Webster during the Mustangs’ non-conference loss to the Lions on Tuesday. Webster scored four goals in the 9-0 win.
Prairie City-Monroe sophomore Gavin Burkman does his best to mark Des Moines Christian senior Ben Webster during the Mustangs’ non-conference loss to the Lions on Tuesday. Webster scored four goals in the 9-0 win.

PRAIRIE CITY — Class 1A No. 6 Des Moines Christian and senior standout Ben Webster proved to be too much for the Prairie City-Monroe boys’ soccer team Tuesday night, shutting out the Mustangs 9-0.

Webster scored four goals total, including a hat trick in the second half, improving his goal count to 42 on the season — the most in all classes.

“He’s pretty amazing,” PCM head coach Darrin Telfer said. “I’m sure they play a lot of soccer year round, and it pays off.”

PCM came into the matchup on a three-game win streak, but ran into a ranked Des Moines Christian squad whose only loss came against ranked 2A Dallas Center-Grimes early in the season.

The Mustangs held the Lions scoreless for nearly 10 minutes and had some shots on goal early in the first half, but came up empty.

DMC sophomore Curran Ingram found the back of the net in the 10th and 17th minute, quickly followed by a Webster goal in the 18th.

The Lions then opened it up in the second half, scoring six goals — three of them coming from Webster.

“With a good team like this, when you make mistakes, they’re going to execute on them,” Telfer said. “In the first half, we matched them. We had a couple mistakes and they capitalized on them. They’re a good team.”

Moving past this game and looking forward to the playoff game against Bondurant-Farrar on Monday, Telfer and his coaching staff had some advice for his team.

“We just said, you know, forget this one.” Telfer said. “Just think as an individual, ‘What can I do better to help the team?’ And then also go home and rest, take care of your bodies, get ready for North Polk and start thinking about Bondurant.

“We beat them once in overtime, so we feel pretty good about going into the postseason.”

The Mustangs move to 5-10 and will wrap up the season at North Polk on Friday before heading to Bondurant on Monday for the first round of the 2A playoffs.

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