South Tama/East Marshall's girls soccer squad traveled to Aplington to take on Aplington-Parkersburg Thursday on a cold, rainy and windy match.
ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal; Sadie Kavalier, Brooke Dvorak, Haliee Weiss and Katie Behounek in defense; Sam Frundle, Grace Kavalier, Megan Wanatee and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field; with Araceli Angel and Erica Dunning up front.
The game started at 5:30 p.m. with a heavy drizzle, a strong northeast wind and temperatures falling from the 50s into the 40s. ST/EM was very aggressive for the first 10 minutes, playing in from of the AP goal, but could not find the right combo to produce a goal.
Bradley had a good look but the shot was just wide. Wanatee had a nice corner, but again to no avail. AP had a corner at the 11-minute mark that ended up in a score for them. The ST/EM goalie stopped the initial shot and the rebound. She was on the ground trying to control the ball, but could not and AP scored. Five minutes later AP scored again, off a rebound from an initial blocked shot.
The field was getting wetter and the ball was getting very slippery, as the heavy drizzle turned into a steady rain. ST/EM regrouped and pushed the attack back upfield and for the next 10 minutes the play was in the mid-field. AP scored at the 25-minute mark, taking a 3-0 lead. Again the ST/EM goalie stopped the initial shot, but rolled to the feet of a wide open AP player for the score. AP finished off the first half scoring at the 30-minute mark on a breakaway for a 4-0 lead. With five minutes to go in the first half, the rain became a downpour, where you could not even see across the field.
At halftime, the game was called, because of weather and the field becoming unsafe to continue. This counted as an official game, with AP taking a 4-0 win.
"The ST/EM girls played well in this weather, but it just was not their night," head coach Bob McBain said. "The girls had some nice passing, but trying to control the ball got to be a challenge for both teams as the field got wetter. This is a game that the team will learn from and continue to improve their play."
ST/EM has a busy week with home games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. ST/EM hosts Hudson on Thursday and Ballard on Friday. Both games start at 4:30 p.m. The Trojans also played on Tuesday when they hosted Pella Christian.