South Tama/East Marshall's girls soccer team traveled to Vinton for a contest on Tuesday, on warm afternoon, with south winds of 15-20 mph.
ST/EM started the game with Sam Earley in goal; Grace Kavalier, Hailee Weiss, Brooke Dvorak and Chelsea Proffitt in defense; Megan Wanatee, Kate Behounek, Sam Frundle and Shelby Bradley in the mid-field; with Erika Dunning and Araceli Angel up front.
ST/EM took the wind in the first half and used it to its advantage, controlling the flow of the first half. ST/EM scored seven minutes into the contest with the assist going to Wanatee and the goal to Behounek. STC's Behounek scored again at the 23-minute mark with the assist going to Frundle and STC taking a 2-0 lead. The ST/EM defense was very solid not allowing a shot in the first half.
The second half found Vinton with the wind, and it took advantange of it. ST/EM was winning the 50-50 balls, but could not control the flow. Vinton scored at the 46-minute mark off a corner that the ST/EM defense could not clear out of danger.
At the 60-minute mark, on a breakaway that the ST/EM defense could not catch up on and the ST/EM goalie Earley came out on, but could not stop, Vinton tied the score up. ST/EM picked up the pressure, but could not find the back of the net. Regulation ended that way, with a 2-2 tied score.
In the first overtime ST/EM took the wind and had a couple of good looks, but could not find the right combo that led to the goals in the first half. Vinton had one chance but the ST/EM goalie made a good save on. To the second overtime the teams went. Vinton picked up the pressure and score four minutes into the second overtime for the win.
This was a game that the ST/EM team let get away from them. They were the better team, but on this evening, Vinton got the breaks that they needed to create a win. ST/EM outshot Vinton 19 to 11 with ST/EM getting 11 shot on goal to 9 for Vinton. ST/EM controlled the flow for 80 minutes, but Vinton used the 14 minutes that they controlled to the best of their advantage. ST/EM will use this game to build on for Grinnell, realizing that they can not let up for one minute. When you let a team hang around, anything can happen. The team did not give up, just was not to be this evening.
ST/EM traveled to Grinnell for first round of regionals on Thursday. Results from the game will be in next week's Toledo Chronicle.