South Tama/East Marshall's girls soccer team hosted Pella Christian on Tuesday, on a nice afternoon for soccer.
ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal; Sadie Kavalier, Brooke Dvorak, Haliee Weiss and Katie Behounek in defense; Grace Kavalier, Megan Wanatee, Shelby Bradley, and Araceli Angel in the mid-field; with Carmen Angel and Erica Dunning up front.
The ST/EM team took the opening kickoff, pressed the attack right up front and pushed deep into the PC end of the field, but PC clear the ball the the game was on. The ST/EM team had only 14 players available for the game, because of injuries and illness. With the warm evening, this was going to be an interesting game, with very few subs available.
South Tama's Sadie Kavalier save a goal during Tuesday's game. A Pella Christian shot rolled passed STC's goalkeeper, but Kavalier hustled and saved the ball from rolling into the net.
In the 11th-minute, the ST/EM team had a free kick that Behounek took. It was a very nice shot, but just over the bar. Two minutes later, a corner by Wanatee was sent into the mix, but again to no avail.
PC got on the board at the 28-minute mark with a goal kick that was won by PC and a quick shot beat the the ST/EM goalie with a ball just over her hands. ST/EM again went on the attack, with a shot at the 35-minute that the PC goalie cleared and another shot by Behounek that was just parried clear by the PC goalie. Halftime found the score with PC leading 1-0.
The second half again found the ST/EM squad pressing, but again to no avail. Behounek had a shot at the 44-minute mark that hit the top cross bar and bounce back but no ST/EM player could get a leg on it. Grace Kavalier had a couple of good shots, but again right to the PC goalie. Bradley had a good look but again right at the goalie. This is the way the game went for the Trojans, with ST/EM controlling the flow, but not getting rewarded with a goal.
Wanatee went down at the 65-minute mark with a ankle injury and Dvorak was playing with a deep muscle pull in her leg that impacted her ability to run down thru balls. In the 76th-minute PC finally got a thru ball that the ST/EM defense could not run down, making the score 2-0. That's how the game ended.
"This was a hard fought game that ST/EM played very well in and controlled the tempo of the game," head coach Bob McBain said. "ST/EM had six corners to three for PC. ST/EM had 15 shots with 12 on goal. PC had 18 shots with nine on goal. ST/EM subs contributed valuable minutes (Kristy Lasley, Savannah Haughey and Jen Munoz). The team gave their all and left everything they had on the field.
"The season has not gone the way we hoped, but with the injuries and illness, the team has come together to continue to play hard and work hard," he said. "We are just going to have to continue to adjust to injuries, until we get people playing back at 100 percent."
The Trojans next play Ballard at 4:30 p.m. today at home.