South Tama hosted Collins-Maxwell to start the 2012 soccer season in a non-conference game. The game was played under warm temperatures with a strong wind out of the SSE.
South Tama started the game with Megan Wanatee and Araceli Angel up front, Kate Behounek, Grace Kavalier, Sam Frundle, and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field, and Brooke Dvorak, Amanda Husak, Missi Peters and Sadie Frundle in the defense, with Sam Earley in goal.
The team is starting two new players to start the season with the rest of the squad seeing action during the past couple of years. The team also welcomes back Missi Peters, who sat out last year with knee surgery.
South Tama senior Katelyn Behounek (No. 1) heads a ball over a Collins-Maxwell defender Monday afternoon. The Trojans won on penalty kicks after the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The game started with South Tama going with the wind, and the Trojans pushed the action right from the beginning. The mid-field play controlled the action and set up some nice chances, but the team just could not find the back of the net. Behounek had a nice shot that hit the post and was going in, but a nice save by the CMB goalie kept South Tama out of the goal. Angel had a good look but could not get a solid foot on it. Wanatee had a shot that was just wide. CMB had a few runs in the first half, but no shot on goal. South Tama kept up the pressure, but to no avail. The halftime score was 0-0.
CMB had the wind in the second half and tried to take advantage of it, but the South Tama defense would allow none of that. The whole Trojans team was the aggressive team for the game and continued to win the 50-50 balls, but still could not find back of the net. Shelby Bradley had a nice shot but right at the goalie. Wanatee and Behounek both had corners that were where they needed to be, but South Tama could not get a solid foot on it. CMB had one nice breakaway that almost resulted in a goal. The South Tama goalie came out and blocked the shot but the ball rolled to a wide open CMB player, and Dvorak got back just in the nick of time to block the goal and stop the shot. Again showing how much a team effort this team has. Behounek had another nice shot right at the end of the game, but right to the CMB goalie. Game ended at 0-0 score so off to overtime we went.
South Tama continued to control the game, but again could not find the back of the net. Chances were created with nice passing, and good crosses, but just could not find the back of the net. CMB had one good chance on a breakaway, their only one in overtime, but the South Tama goalie stuffed the shot, and kept the score 0-0. South Tama Defender Amanda Husak went down with leg injury 5 minutes into the first overtime causing the South Tama team to adjust. The Trojans even with a adjusted lineup, continued to control the game. First overtime ended 0-0. So off to the second overtime.
Again, South Tama controlled the action but to no avail. Erica Dunning had a good look, but put the shot into the side of the net. Bradley had a good look as did Sam Frundle. But the overtime ended in a 0-0 score. So with this, we go to a shootout to determine a winner.
CMD had the first shot and it converted. Behounek had a good shot on her attempt but hit the side post and went wide. The second CMB shooter was stopped by South Tama goalie, Sam Earley. Brooke Dvorak was the second STC shooter and converted to tie the score 1-1. Earley again stopped the third CMB shooter and Wanatee converted her shot for a 2-1 lead. The next CMB shooter converted with Sam just missing the block. Peters converted her chance to keep the lead. The 5th CMB shooter converted to tie it up with Grace Kavalier having the last shot. She converted her chance to give the South Tama the hard fought win. South Tama 1-0 in the overtime shootout.
This was a clean game with only five fouls called in the whole game. Both teams fought very hard and was a fun game to watch. South Tama had 33 shots with 16 on goal. CMB had 11 shots with only four on goal. South Tama had eight corners, with CMB having two. This was a hard fought win and with the first game of the season, could not ask for more.
The South Tama team controlled the flow of the game and moved the ball from side to side. Biggest issue was the finishing of the setups. That is something we will work on in the coming week. I was very pleased with the play of the whole team. This was a solid team effort from start to finish and with the play of the mid-field by Kate, Sam, Grace, and Shelby was very positive. The defense was very solid, anchored by Brooke, Missi, Amanda and Sadie. Forward play set up nice plays and crosses by Megan and Araceli. The subs also gave the team valuable minutes, led by Erica Dunning, Jocelyn Veliz, Kristy Lasley, and Jennifer Mingez.
South Tama's next game is at 4:30 p.m. Monday at home when it plays host to Gladbrook-Reinbeck.