South Tama/East Marshall's girl soccer team traveled to Oskaloosa for a contest on Monday on pleasant evening with temps in the upper 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 Megan Wanatee and Erika Dunning up front.
ST/EM took the opening kickoff and the game was on. ST/EM pushed the ball into the Oskaloosa end and kept the pressure on for the opening minutes. Wanatee had a good look, but to no avail. The mid-field play controlled the tempo of the game and ST/EM kept looking for the right combo to get a score, but could not.
Grace Kavalier had a look at the 10-minute mark, but the shot was wide. Behounek had a free kick that was just wide a few minutes later.
Oskaloosa had a nice counter-attack that forced the ST/EM goalie came out of the box to stop the attack. Grace Kavalier made a recovery from the back side to deflect the shot out of the goal. This is the way the first half ended with a 0-0 score. ST/EM had 11 shots to Oskaloosa four with ST/EM having five on goal and Oskaloosa only one.
The second half found Oskaloosa being more aggressive and the game was an up and down affair with both teams having some good shots, but neither team finding the back of the net. Both teams kept the action going, with ST/EM continuing to be the aggressor and winning the 50-50 balls, but without finding the back of the net.
Behounek had a good run but the shot was gathered in by the Oskaloosa goalie at the 60-minute mark. Oskaloosa had a good look five minutes later, but again the ST/EM defense stepped up and kept the ball out of danger. And this is the way the second half ended with the score still 0-0.
So off to overtime the teams go. The games STC played at the Waverly tournament started to show at the end of regulation, as Oskaloosa started to control the action a little more. Second half stats were very even with ST/EM getting seven shots and Oskaloosa getting six, with shots on goal even with three a piece.
In the first overtime, Oskaloosa was the aggressive team, keeping the ball in the ST/EM end, but the defense and good goaltendng by Earley kept Oskaloosa from finding the back of the net. First overtime ended with the score still 0-0.
In the second overtime, ST/EM picked up its game, and the second overtime was played in the center of the field with neither team getting a good chance. ST/EM's best chance came with three minutes to go in the second overtime. Behounek had a free kick from 30 yards out that just grazed the top of the cross bar. This is the way the overtime ended with a 0-0 score, so the teams went to the shootout.
Oskaloosa won the toss and choose to shoot second. Behounek was the first ST/EM shooter and she converted her shot. Oskaloosa's first shooter hit the post, so ST/EM was up 1-0 after first round. Wanatee was the next shooter and her shot was blocked by the Oskaloosa goalie. The second shooter for Oskaloosa converted so it is all tied up after the shooters.
Dvorak converted her shot and Earley blocked the third Oskaloosa shooter, so ST/EM went back up 2-1. Kavalier converted her shot to give ST/EM a 3-1 lead. Earley came up big again and blocked the fourth attempt by Oskaloosa to give the victory to ST/EM.
"This was a hard fought game, with ST/EM playing hard and controlling the tempo of the game for 75 percent of the time, but injuries and tired legs showed in overtime," coach Bob McBain said. "The team pulled together, and played as a team to force the shootout and the win. They wanted the win and got it."