PREP SOCCER: The Bulldog Sneaks Through the Knights | High School Soccer – QCVarsity.com

Travis J. Brown

When Bettendorf midfielder Xavier Potts lost the ball near Davenport’s Assumption late game on Monday, he was determined to get it back.

There weren’t many chances to score for the Bulldogs in the Mississippi Athletic Conference competition, so each opportunity was crucial.

Potts regained possession of the ball on the left side of the field, then fired a shot into the far right corner of the net from 15 yards. The goal, which came in the 71st minute of the game, lifted the 14th-ranked 3A-ranked Bulldog to a 1-0 victory over the top-ranked team in Class 1A at Jack and Pat Bush Arena.

“I didn’t want to give up playing,” said Potts, who scored his captain’s thirteenth goal this season. “If you lose the ball, you have to work as hard as you can to get it back. I was lucky enough to get it back.”

“Luke (Klostermann) is a great defender. I played with him for a long time. I knew I only had to beat him in one direction and then hit the post because I saw that the goalkeeper was kind of hugging the front post.”

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Bettendorf (11-5, 6-2 MAC) was able to hold out more than the Musketeers and pick up three losing games.

“I think some of their guys ran out of gas,” said Ben Bennington, Bettendorf’s technical director. “Our bench goes a little deeper. I actually used two sophomores, James Porter and Elias Lightfoot. They stepped in and gave us quality minutes. I thought the bench gave us a chance to rest some players.”

Assumption’s Charlie Lennart missed a late shot over the bar, and the Knights marked the end of their five-game winning streak.

“We started the night a bit slow. We built the momentum slowly. The second half was much better than the first,” said Assumption coach Greg Zeller.

Assumption (7-5, 2-4 MAC) was able to connect a few more passes in the second half. Klosterman also ran back a few times to break what would have been a singles Bulldog with assumption guard Alex Melton.

“There is no quitting in this kid,” Zeller said of Klostermann. “He plays hard.”

Bettendorf scored seven shots on goal in the match compared to four for Assumption. The Bulldogs nearly scored in the second minute of the game when Landon Potts had a one-on-one with Milton, but Milton stopped.

“In the first half, I thought we had two quality chances and we couldn’t put them down,” Bennington said.

But with less than 10 minutes to go, Xavier Potts managed to get past Assumption’s defense and curled a shot into the net.

“They have a great line of defense,” said Xavier Potts. “They have two central defensive midfielders in the center of defense at Sammy Burkhart and Charlie Lennart. The guys who play there are very good. We knew it was going to be difficult to score a lot of goals on them. It was very important to find the back of the net. It was great to achieve A win after some tough losses.”

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