The Albia soccer team scored a 3-1 victory over Chariton on Thursday to advance to the semi-final round of the substate Class 1A tournament. The Blue Demons had 23 shots on goal against Chariton, led by Travis Sheffield, Adam Sheffield and Connor Fisher, but it was the efficiency of freshmen Lance Helm and Cason Noe that won the day.
Helm scored two goals on three shots and three shots on goal and Noe had one shot, one shot on goal and one goal for the Blue Demons.
Helm scored both of his goals in the first half. Kasyn Paige, a Chariton freshman, scored the Chargers’ only goal with a shot early in the first half. Helm answered with a goal to even the score at the half.
In the second half, Helm used an aggressive move right in front of the Chariton goal keep to score on a header to give Albia a 2-1 lead at around the 20-minute mark. Noe got an assist from his senior brother to put Albia up 3-1.
The Blue Demons pummeled the Chariton goalie with 23 shots, many coming in the beginning of the second half. At least a half dozen shots missed by inches. Adam Sheffield had six shots on goal while Connor Fisher and Travis Sheffield had four, Landon Noe two, Helm three, Cason Noe one and Matteo Bender one.
Chariton managed just eight shots and four shots on goal as Albia’s defense swarmed the Charger front line.
Zach Lawrence had nine saves from his goalie positions.
Albia moves to 11-3 on the season while Chariton exits the tournament with a 4-12 mark. The Blue Demons face Mid-Prairie, 10-4, an offensive powerhouse with 60 goals on the season (compared to Albia’s 37).