South Tama/East Marshall traveled to Grinnell for its first match away from home. Game time was sunny skies, but cool temps and strong NW wind.
ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal, Sadie Kavalier, Brooke Dvorak, Missi Peters, and Katie Behounek in defense, Sam Frundle, Grace Kavalier, Megan Wanatee and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field, with Araceli Angel and Ericka Dunning up front.
The Grinnell team took the wind the first half and used it to its advantage, putting pressure on the ST/EM defense. The ST/EM defense worked very hard to keep the ball out of trouble and for the most part did a good job of it. Grinnell broke thru at the 10-minute mark for a 1-0 lead. Grinnell had a corner at the 20-minute mark that ST/EM was called for a hand ball on and Grinnell converted the PK for a 2-0 lead.
Trojans senior Missi Peters powers through a kick to clear the ball from deep in South Tama territory Monday afternoon. The Trojans lost games on Monday and Tuesday to fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Tigers came back at the 22-minute mark and scored to take a 3-0 lead. This was about the time that the ST/EM team started to press and be more aggressive, and controlled the rest of the half but could not cut into the lead. Halftime score was 3-0 in favor of Grinnell.
ST/EM came out in the second half and the game was played in the mid-field on both ends, with each team trying to find a way to score, but could not. At the 63-minute mark, the ST/EM had a bad clear, which Grinnell took advantage of with a free ball in front of the ST/EM net, and put it into the back of the net for a 4-0 lead. This was the last of the scoring by either team.
The Trojans kept the pressure on but could not find the right combo. Behounik had a corner kick with three minutes left that went right in front of the net and Kavalier could not get a solid foot on, and into the side of the net. This is the way the game ended with Grinnell taking a hard fought 4-0 score.
ST/EM played hard tonight and the game was a very physical game. ST/EM was more aggressive as the game went on and it showed. The mid-field play was solid and the defense played well for the game.
The team lost Missi Peters at the 25-minute mark of the first half to a knee injury. The team again had to adjust to a loss of a critical player. This is the second player in three games to go down, but the team never gave up. Haliee Weiss came in and filled in very well.
I was very proud of the way the team played, and never gave up. They played hard and never gave up. The younger players continue to contribute, and get better with each and every game.
On Monday, South Tama/East Marshall hosted Gladbrook-Reinbeck, under similar conditions.
ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal, Sadie Kavalier, Brooke Dvorak, Missi Peters and Katie Behounek in defense; Sam Frundle, Grace Kavalier, Megan Wanatee and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field; with Araceli Angel and Ericka Dunning up front. The team had to move people around due to a knee injury to Amanda Husak sustained in the CMB game.
GR had the wind at it's back the first half and took advantage of it. The ST/EM defense was tested and held its ground. GR kept trying to find a way to score, but could not for several minutes. Finally at the 10-minute mark, GR found a way to score. ST/EM had a potential attack but was called for offsides. GR took the kick and sent it over the defense of ST/EM and GR got a one-on-one with the ST/EM goalie and converted the shot for a 1-0 lead. And this was the score for the next 28 minutes until the 38-minute mark when GR found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
The second half found the ST/EM trying to generate some scoring chances, but they were far and few. GR kept contol of the flow of the game and adjusted to the ST/EM defense, and paid off for them. GR scored at the 47-minute mark on a thru ball that the ST/EM defense could not run down and ended up a one-on-one with the ST/EM goalie. GR scored again on a hard shot that Earley got a glove on but could not deflect far enough. GR kept up the pressure and scored again at the 66, 67, and 71 minutes to finish the game with a 7-0 win. Wanatee had a couple of looks in the second half, but could not convert. Angel and Dunning also had a chance, but to no avail.
The Trojans next play at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Benton Community.