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Spartans take down Western Dubuque in overtime

Solon defeats Anamosa, West Delaware
Solon’s Shay Croy chases down the ball during the second half of a 4-2 win over Anamosa Friday. Croy scored a goal against Anamosa and the winning goal Tuesday night against Western Dubuque.

SOLON– After a loss to the No. 2 team in Class 1A, the varsity soccer boys have reeled off three in a row to move above .500.
Shay Croy scored the winning goal in with 6:47 remaining in overtime against Western Dubuque Tuesday in a constant drizzle, giving the Spartans a 1-0 win.
Croy rebounded a shot by Adam Nelson-Ockenfels, which escaped the grasp of Western Dubuque goalie McKade Bockenstedt and came back into play.
The victory moves the Solon boys’ record to 6-5.
The Spartans have rattled off three consecutive wins since their 3-0 loss to second-ranked Dyersville Beckman on the road April 15.
Solon defeated West Delaware for the second time this season Monday, April 21, with a 6-1 win on the road.
Sophomore Brandan Childs scored a hat-trick, while Croy, Austin Hunt and Josh Prybil provided the other three goals. Assists came from Jaden Durr, Parker Mueller and Nelson-Ockenfels.
Back home against Anamosa Friday (April 25), the Spartans pounded out a 4-2 win.
“The best part about the Anamosa game was the fact that we overcame a lot of our own mistakes and got a conference win,” said head coach Jeremy McMurrin. “Anamosa played hard and wouldn’t back down, so I tip my hat to them for their hard work. We did find a bunch of mistakes we were making and we did a good job of making adjustments to correct them.”
Goals came from Croy, Nelson-Ockenfels, Spencer Lawson and Andrew West. West also had two assists. David Coberly had a single assist.
“Some different players got the opportunity to see some quality minutes and did a nice job of stepping up for us,” he said. “We learned from our mistakes and we will move on and get better each day.”
The Spartans host Mount Vernon Friday, May 2, and then turn around to play No.1-ranked 1A Iowa City Regina in Iowa City Saturday, May 3. The boys return home Tuesday, May 6, to host Maquoketa.