MAXWELL - For a half, the Collins-Maxwell boys’ soccer team hung right with Des Moines Christian.
Despite facing constant pressure from the Lions, the Spartans had the game tied at 1-1 heading into the final minute of the half. Then Des Moines Christian scored right before the end of the half and the Lions’ Jaron Mumm came up with three goals in the second half to put Collins-Maxwell away, 6-1, at Maxwell.
Alexander Hilgerson scored just 40 seconds into the game and it looked like Des Moines Christian was going to blow the game open early. But thanks to a tremendous showing by Brendyn Padget at keeper, Collins-Maxwell hung tough until Will Hitchler got a great look and put the ball in the net to even the score.
Padget continued to hold steady at keeper, backed by a solid Spartan defensive effort to keep the game tied for most of the half.
“The first half was good,” Collins-Maxwell head boys’ soccer coach Crystal Bruntz said. “We gave up that first one and we gave up that last one at the end. If we can start playing 40 minutes, we’ll look like a different team.”
But Isaac Stephens slipped one by Padget in the final 24 seconds of the half to put Des Moines Christian on top going into the locker room. Collins-Maxwell struggled to get a good run offensively in the second half and Mumm took over for Des Moines Christian, scoring in the 45th, 58th and 74th minutes to put the game away.
“We looked like a different team the second half,” Bruntz said. “We stopped talking. As soon as we stopped talking, mistakes started happening — silly mistakes we can get rid of.”
Padget still played tough at goalie, making a couple leaping and diving saves apiece to prevent things from completely getting away from the Spartans.
“Brendyn always gives a great effort for us,” Bruntz said. “That helps a lot.”
The loss put Collins-Maxwell at 1-13 on the season. Des Moines Christian evened its record at 7-7.
Des Moines Christian 6, Collins-Maxwell 1
DMC 2 4 - 6
CM 1 0 - 1
DMC - Alexander Hilgerson, 1:20.
CM - Will Hitchler, 13:15.
DMC - Isaac Stephens, 39:36.
DMC - Jaron Mumm, 45:16.
DMC - Mumm, 58:53.
DMC - Mumm, 74:14.
DMC - Caleb Jaeger, 78:39.