The Chariton Varsity boys soccer team’s season came to a close with a 3-1 loss to Albia in their First Round Substate game at Albia Thursday, May 20. It was Chariton’s third meeting with Albia this season.

The Chargers came out of the gate a little sluggish but responded well following a goal by Albia. Max Aulwes made a good hustle play to keep the play alive late in the first half.

Aulwes played a ball that went past the keeper and into the path of Kasyn Paige. Paige was able to sprint past the defenders to score on an open net to tie the score at one apiece.

Chariton played well in the second half. Albia scored goals in the 60th and 70th minute to earn a 3-1 win, ending the season for Chariton.

“I thought the guys worked really hard tonight against a talented and experienced Albia team. I felt like we kind of ran out of steam a little bit in the second half, which led to some mistakes on our end. Albia has been ranked all season so I thought it was good for our guys to compete with them for most of the game. It was a good indicator to our young team of where we need to be if we want to be successful in coming seasons,” Chariton Head Coach Cole Pierschbacher said.