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Bobcats split at Prairie soccer quad

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tournament host Cedar Rapids Prairie proved to be the first defense capable of stopping the Marshalltown boys’ soccer team as the Hawks shut out the Bobcats 3-0 in Saturday’s title match.

Prairie goalkeeper Aiden Neumann didn’t need to make any saves as none of Marshalltown’s six shots were on net.

MHS senior goalkeeper Ernesto Tellez came away with nine saves in the championship match, including stopping a penalty kick, but Prairie (2-0) defeated Dubuque Hempstead 4-1 before silencing the Bobcats 3-0. Blake Halleran, Aidan Lerch and Fateh Abdalla got goals for the Hawks.

Five different Bobcats scored goals as MHS advanced to Saturday’s four-team tournament finals with a 5-1 triumph over Marion.

Theeramanus Kyaeplae, Uriel Campos-Padilla, Jaime Lopez, Zach Robson and Richard Toe tallied goals for Marshalltown (2-1). Campos-Padilla, Toe and Jorge Martinez each were credited with assists in the lopsided win.

Tellez recorded two saves in the first 45 minutes of action before giving way to Kale McKibbin, who made one save but was unable to turn back a Marion penalty kick.

Marshalltown returns to action with its home opener on Tuesday against Johnston.

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