Crawfordsville dominated the tempo and pace of the game early, and then survived a late Mountie surge, to pull away with a 5-2 victory Thursday night.

The Athenians took advantage of two Mountie miscues in the first half. A turnover deep in Mountie territory allowed Enrique Munoz to find Willie Cifuentes 1:09 into the game. Cifuentes also scored his second goal on a turnover as Crawfordsville took a 2-0 halftime advantage.

“County games are always tough.” Athenian head coach Marcus Hale said. “You’re always going to get their best game no matter their record.”

Cifuentes added the hat trick six minutes into the second half off a header on a corner kick by Jackson Albrecht to give the Athenians a 3-0 lead.

That’s when Southmont tightened things up. Cole Wemer tickled the twine with a goal at the 31:11 mark on an assist from Race Olinger to reduce the lead to 3-1. His header, 1:20 later, off of Olinger’s corner kick made it 3-2 Crawfordsville with 30 minutes remaining.
“We’ve been working as a team on not getting down on ourselves, and it clicked at the start of the second half.” Mountie head coach Brandon Rash said. “We made a few adjustments at the break putting Travis (Michael) in front and pulled Cole (Wemer) back to midfield, and it really paid off.”

“It was a good tactical adjustment on their part.” Hale said of the Mountie scheme. “But, I give our kids credit, they made the adjustment and continued attacking and scoring.”

Jesus Acosta’s goal gave Crawfordsville a 4-2 advantage, and Tommy Mitchell sealed it with a penalty kick with 5:37 remaining for the final tally.

The Mounties (0-3, 0-2 SAC) had five shots on goal. Wemer and Michael had two each while Brian Newkirk had the other. Goalie Ryan Stanley had 14 saves for Southmont.

“We came out much more aggressive in the second half and were able to make a game of it early,” Rash added. “The upperclassmen did most of the talking at halftime, and we played better.”

The Athenians (3-0-1, 2-0 SAC) had 19 shots on goal, led by Albrecht’s six, Acosta’s four and Cifuentes’ three. Keeper Joel Raters had three saves.

“This was a good county and conference win.” Hale said. “We’ll look to build off this going forward.”

Southmont is back in county and Conference action Monday when they host North Montgomery. Crawfordsville plays Covington on Aug. 30.