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Mt. Pleasant boys blank Freeport for 10th straight victory

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Freeport's Stevie Teorsky (36) stops a charging Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Stevie Teorsky (36) stops a charging Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) is challenged by Freeport's Tanner Hoscheid (13) for the ball in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) is challenged by Freeport's Tanner Hoscheid (13) for the ball in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) gets his head on a  corner kick against Mt. Pleasant in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) gets his head on a corner kick against Mt. Pleasant in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Tanner Hoscheid (13) and Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) jockey for the ball in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Tanner Hoscheid (13) and Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) jockey for the ball in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) dribbles through the Freeport defense in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) dribbles through the Freeport defense in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) keeps his eye on the ball against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) keeps his eye on the ball against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Luke Hauger (3) collides with Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Luke Hauger (3) collides with Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Hunter Hardin (21) looks for a call from the referee against Mt. Pleasant in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Hunter Hardin (21) looks for a call from the referee against Mt. Pleasant in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) races toward the goal against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) races toward the goal against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) is knocked over by Freeport's Kendrick Trim (10) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) is knocked over by Freeport's Kendrick Trim (10) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) knocks the ball away from Mt. Pleasant's Luke Hauger (3) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) knocks the ball away from Mt. Pleasant's Luke Hauger (3) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) reacts to a missed shot on goal against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) reacts to a missed shot on goal against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) loses his footing against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) loses his footing against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Lucas Toohey (4) is challenged by Freeport's Brock Loevlie (7) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Lucas Toohey (4) is challenged by Freeport's Brock Loevlie (7) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant celebrate their 1-0 win against Freeport on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant celebrate their 1-0 win against Freeport on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) tries to make his way past Freeport's Hunter Hardin (21) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) tries to make his way past Freeport's Hunter Hardin (21) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) controls the ball against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) controls the ball against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Shane Piper (21) knocks away a penalty on goal against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Shane Piper (21) knocks away a penalty on goal against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) gets the ball away from Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) gets the ball away from Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Ben Bailey (15) heads the ball past Freeport's Giovanni Pugliese (18) for a goal in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Ben Bailey (15) heads the ball past Freeport's Giovanni Pugliese (18) for a goal in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) passes the ball to a teammate against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) passes the ball to a teammate against Freeport in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) looks for away around Freeport's Braden Change (8) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) looks for away around Freeport's Braden Change (8) in the second half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Tanner Hoscheid (13) loses his feet pursuing the ball against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Tanner Hoscheid (13) loses his feet pursuing the ball against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Kendrick Trim (10) sends the ball up field against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Kendrick Trim (10) sends the ball up field against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) challenges Mt. Pleasant's Jack Shirley (14) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Andrew Nigra (19) challenges Mt. Pleasant's Jack Shirley (14) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) challenges Freeport's Alec Parker (27) for the ball in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) challenges Freeport's Alec Parker (27) for the ball in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) is fouled by Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) is fouled by Mt. Pleasant's Alex Pomarico (8) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) jumps for a header against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Arthur Bartlow (13) jumps for a header against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Ben Bailey (15) and the rest of Mt. Pleasant celebrate a goal against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Ben Bailey (15) and the rest of Mt. Pleasant celebrate a goal against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Ben Keyser (12) takes control of the ball against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Ben Keyser (12) takes control of the ball against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) controls the ball against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Bryce Hanby (4) controls the ball against Mt. Pleasant in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Jack Shirley (14) steps in front of Freeport's Kendrick Trim (10) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Jack Shirley (14) steps in front of Freeport's Kendrick Trim (10) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Ben Bailey (15) celebrates a goal against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Ben Bailey (15) celebrates a goal against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) is knocked off balance against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Mt. Pleasant's Sam Napper (10) is knocked off balance against Freeport in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
Freeport's Brock Loevlie (7) gets tied up with Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.
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Freeport's Brock Loevlie (7) gets tied up with Mt. Pleasant's Brad Tait (11) in the first half on Thursday Oct. 05, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant boys soccer coach Floyd Snyder said his team does not worry about shutouts per se, “Just shutting teams down.”

Fair enough. But one aspect has led to the other — eight times this season, in fact.

That shutdown defense was at it again.

On Thursday night, the fourth-ranked Vikings made a first-half goal by senior defender Ben Bailey stand up, and their stingy defense helped blank Freeport, 1-0, to clinch the Section 2-AA title.

The win at Vikings Stadium was Mt. Pleasant's 10th in a row, and eighth via shutout during a streak that has seen them outscore teams 36-2.

“Our guys all get along so well,” Snyder said. “I mean, they bicker like brothers every once in a while, but when it's time to go, they go.”

And another tough section game meant go time again.

Junior Shane Piper made six saves and junior forward Sam Napper assisted Bailey's header on a corner kick that came at the 15:49 mark of the first half for the Vikings (12-0, 11-0), whose last section title came four years ago.

“I had my first high school varsity goal on Tuesday, and this was my second one,” Bailey said. “It came at a pretty good time. I saw it roll past his glove. We have chemistry — we all have each other's backs.”

Snyder is happy with his defense but doesn't think the Vikings have played their best game yet.

“We really stress pressure support, getting one guy on the ball and taking passing angles away,” Snyder said. “We're a dangerous team in transition. We hit the post tonight a couple times.”

Freeport (10-4, 7-3), which lost to Mt. Pleasant, 2-0, earlier in the season, had nine shots on goal, the last one a direct kick zinger in the closing seconds off the foot of senior Kendrick Trim that Piper came out and stopped.

The Vikings exhaled and began celebrating. Players gathered in the net together and later dumped ice on Snyder.

Freeport hopes to build off the near-miss for a potential postseason run.

“Our kids battled tonight; I feel bad for them after a game like this because they put so much in,” Freeport coach Dave Teorsky said. “Mt. Pleasant plays a physical game. In the second half, they hunkered down defensively. Eight guys in the box makes it tough to get through.”

Freeport senior keeper Giovonni Pugliese made five saves for the Yellowjackets, who attacked with urgency in the second half.

“You have to prepare for physicality with Freeport,” Snyder said. “They have some big, strong athletes and they attack with pace. You have to keep your head in the game against them. They keep pounding and pounding so you have to press back against it and have that bend-don't-break mentality.”

Piper said communication is the key to his team's defense, which posted seven straight shutouts during their winning streak.

“We shut them down and they were concerned about our attack because it's so strong,” he said. “Winning the section is very important to us, and we take it very seriously.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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