The JV played first, at 5:30 and did a very nice job. Huxley scored in the first 3 minutes to take a 1-0 lead, and that was the only score for JV. It started to rain during the JV action, and it was a sign of things to come.
Varsity action started at 6:15. ST/EM had a few changes in the starting lineup due to ST/EM spring play. Forwards for the start of the game were Jess Lisardia-Garcia and Araceli Angel. Mid-field consisted of Kensie Beckham, Kate Behounek Sam Frundle and Hailee Weiss. Defense was Taylor Deane, Brooke Devorak, Chelsea Proffitt, and Kylynn Steuhm with Sam Earley in goal. Ballard took advantage of the inexperience and on a nice cross to the weak side, found a wide open player in the 3rd minute for a quick 1-0 lead. And in the 7th minute again almost the same play for another goal. ST/EM then settled in, and started to play better ball. ST/EM started to be more aggressive, and had a couple of good looks, but could not find the back of the net. Kate Behounek had a shot that was wide, and off a corner again could not find the net. The game then went up and down the field with both teams having some good looks but nothing to show for it. Ballard found the back of the net in the 29th minute on a very nice shot from 25-yards out. And this was the way the half ended with Ballard-Huxley leading 3-0 in a solid rain.
In the second half, ST/EM was determined to even the score and for the first 20 minutes of the second half, the play was in from of the Ballard goal. Chelsea had a nice run from the back line but the shot was stopped on a nice save from the Ballard goalie. Kate had a couple of looks, as did Hailee. Hailee had a shot from about 30 yards out that was just wide of the goal by about the width of the ball. By this time the rain had turned into a downpour, and the action was still exciting. In the 63rd minute, Ballard had a nice shot on goal that Earley blocked, but a Ballard player was there to get the rebound and make it a 4-0 score. Ballard finished the scoring at the 75th minute on a low shot that Earley had, but with the rain and slippery ball, skidded out of her control and rolled into the back of the net for the final goal. And this is the way the game ended with ST/EM coming out on the wrong end of a 5-0 score.
This was a game that was a lot closer than what the score indicated. On a different night under different weather conditions it very easly could have been a 2-1 game either way. ST/EM had good looks and continued to play aggressive ball. ST/EM continued to have good runs from the defensive players, and new players are picking up experience that will help as the season goes along. Taylor Deane, Arely Nunez, Kensie Beckham all saw extensive action, and played well. Araceli and Jess continue to develop in the forward positions.
This was a tester for the girls, both from the weather point of view and being down. The girls never gave up and continued to play the entire game. Very easily they could have given up, and said lets go home, but to their credit, they did not. ST/EM had 18 shots to Ballard's 22. Corners were even with 5 each. Ballard had the better quality shots on goal.
ST/EM played host to Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Monday, April 11th, for a 4:30 match. The match was played under sunny skies with temps in the upper 50’s, and strong winds out of the northwest.
ST/EM started Araceli Angle and Jess Lisardia-Garcia at forward, Kate Behounek, Grace Kavalier, Sam Frundle, and Hailee Weiss in the mid-field and Brooke Dvorak, Chelsea Proffitt, Kylynn Steuhm, and Amanda Husak in defense with Sam Earley in goal. Megan Wanatee, Kensie Beckman, Arely Nunez, and Taylor Deane contributed during the game action. ST/EM had the wind in the first half, and play was on. Both teams moved the ball during the first 5 minutes of the game, with both teams trying to find a weakness inn the other teams defense. G-R had a corner in the 7th minute that they found a solution to the ST/EM defense. ST/EM blocked the first attempt, but could not clear the ball out of danger, and a G-R forward found the back of the net from 10 yards out for a 1-0 lead. For the next 20 minutes the game was again up and down the field. In the 27th minute, G-R was awarded a free kick just outside the box, and on a nice shot that was just under the bar for a 2-0 lead. For the rest of the half it was again and up and down game. Megan had a nice look at goal in the 30th minute to try to cut the lead in half but the G-R goalie came up with a good stop. Half time was 2-0 G-R favor.
Second half found G-R with the wind, and they took full advantage of it. The first 15 minutes of the second half found the action in front of the ST/EM goal. ST/EM kept the ball out of the net on some very nice plays. Amanda stopped a corner kick that cleared the goalie and kept the score 2-0. In the 48th minute G-R was awarded a penalty ticket. Sam Earley made a very nice save on it to keep the score 2-0. In the 64th minute G-R was again awarded a free kick just outside the box, and just like in the first half, a score was the result. G-R finished off their scoring 2 minutes later for a 4-0 lead. ST/EM had a change in the 71st minute, when they were awarded a penalty kick. But it was not to be. Kate took the kick, but the goalie got a hand on it to keep it out of the goal. And this was the last chance for either team. G-R took the contest 4-0.
ST/EM played well, but on this night G-R took advantage of the chances that they were given. ST/EM played aggressive soccer, and won their share of 50-50 balls. When G-R had the wind they took advantage of it more than ST/EM did. ST/EM continues to struggle in the scoring end of the field.
ST/EM season continues with the conference opener on Tuesday, against Grinnell. ST/EM is 1-2 for the season