South Tama/East Marshall's girls soccer team traveled to Denver for a contest on Monday, on a pleasant evening with temps in the upper 60s. ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal; Sadie Kavalier, Haliee Weiss, Grace Kavalier and Chelsea Proffitt in defense; Megan Wanatee, Kate Behounek, Sam Frundle and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field; with Araceli Angel and Erica Dunning up front.
The ST/EM team started strong, but Denver quickly took control of the flow, and showed why they are ranked No. 9 in the state. Denver's mid-field play was very solid and ST/EM had problems moving the ball against Denver. Denver opened the scoring in the 9th-minute on a nice thru ball that the ST/EM goalie blocked, but the rebound was put in for a 1-0 lead.
Denver came right back on almost the same play a minute later for a 2-0 lead. ST/EM re-grouped, and held its own for the next 15 minutes, but Denver scored again in the 25th-minute and the 32nd-minute for a 4-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half it was more of the same with the Denver team controlling the flow, and putting pressure on the ST/EM team. Denver scored in the 45, 50, 52, and 55th minutes for a final score of 8-0.
The Trojans never gave up and played hard the full game. It would have been easy to give up, but to the teams credit, they did not. In the second half, Behounek had a couple of good shots, with runs from the back, but the Denver goalie and defense were up to the job.
The team continues to struggle with injuries, as Chelsea Proffitt went out early in the second half, and a couple of other players were only at 75 percent. The team continues to fight hard, but the inexperience continues to show, especially against quality teams, like Denver. Right now, we have five players starting that were not there during the first game of the season, and three of them are in the defense.
The team continues to grow, and get better. I am very proud of the team, and the way they have come together, and continue to play with spirit and pride, with all the setbacks that have happen this season.
The team will travel to Waverly on Saturday for the Waverly tournament, where they face Waverly in the first match of the day.