South Tama/East Marshall's girls soccer team traveled to Maxwell for a contest on Thursday on a pleasant evening with temps in the 70s. ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal; Sadie Kavalier, Haliee Weiss, Brooke Dvorak and Chelsea Proffitt in defense; Grace Kavalier, Kate Behounek, Sam Frundle and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field; with Araceli Angel and Erica Dunning up front.
The game started with ST/EM taking control and pushing the action into the CMB end, but nothing became of it. ST/EM was the aggressive team and kept the pressure up.
Kristi Lasley had a good look at the 11-minute mark, but the shot was right at the CBM goalie. At the 18-minute mark ST/EM had a corner kick that Behounek sent right across the face of the goal, but ST/EM players could not get a foot on it. CMB had a good counter attack, but the ST/EM goalie made a good save on the play. At the 35-minute mark Behounek had a solid look but sent the shot right at the CMB goalie. This is the way the half ended, 0-0.
The second half started the way the first half ended. ST/EM continued to be the aggressor and CMB doing long ball counter attacks. Finally, at the 44-minute mark, ST/EM found the back of the net. Proffitt made a run from the back and found Behounek on the weak side for a solid shot and a goal. ST/EM took a 1-0 lead.
CMB started to pick up its game and ST/EM adjusted the defense to try stop the attacks. And for the next few minutes, the game was back in ST/EM's control. At the 58-minute mark, CMB had a long ball played through and it was a one-on-one with the ST/EM goalie, who made a good save, but the ball could not get cleared out of the ST/EM goal area. Earley made another nice save, but again could not get it out of danger, and finally CMB put it back of the net. The score was now 1-1.
But on this day, ST/EM was not going to lose. At the 73-minute mark, off a corner kick by Behounek, Bradley re-directed the ball to Grace Kavalier, who put it into the net for a ST/EM 2-1 lead. CMB put up an all front attack, but the ST/EM defense played hard and kept the pressure off for a win, 2-1.
This was a game that ST/EM played hard and the effort paid off. On corners, CMB had three while ST/EM had five. Shots were 29 for ST/Em and 13 for CMB. On goal were 12 for ST/EM and 10 for CMB. ST/EM was the aggressive team, and were winning the 50-50 balls. ST/EM controlled the flow, and all the effort paid off with a victory. Getting a couple of players back, this allowed players to play in positions that helped the team and contributed to the win.
ST/EM will play at home Thursday and Friday, with both games starting at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the Trojans will celebrate senior night.