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Sabres sneak by South Tama 1-0 in double overtime

April 5, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama County/East Marshall's season opener was a defensive battle between the STC/EM Trojans and Central DeWitt Sabres. Ultimately the Sabres won out 1-0.

After 80 minutes of play the score was 0-0 sending the game into overtime. Ten minutes passed and the two teams still remained scoreless. With time running out in the second overtime a handball violation was called against the Trojans. Central DeWitt went into to box for a penalty shot and succeeded for the 1-0 final score.

The STC/EM girls soccer team is coached by Noah Schmelzer who is in his second season with the team. They finished last season with a 5-15 record which was the most wins for the Trojans in the past 10 years. The Trojans did graduate a large senior class after last season so there will be some new faces to the lineup. South Tama graduate, Morgan McFate was hired on as the assistant coach after volunteering last year. Two weeks into the season the Trojans have 38 girls on their roster.

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STC/EM’s Olivia Terrones takes a shot on goal during the Trojans season opener with Central DeWitt on Tuesday, April 2. The Trojans fell 1-0 to the Sabres.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

"I was very proud of the attitude and effort of the girls. We are replacing nine starters from last season and the improvement I have already seen speaks volumes to the level of commitment our ladies have towards realizing their potential. We have some tough minded kids in our program and I though that showed tonight. Center DeWitt is a program that has had a lot of recent success, going 55-15 the last few years and finishing on top of the WaMaC East multiple times. All that being said, it was a deflating way to lose a hard fought game. A handball penalty kick with 2:30 left in the second overtime is just a brutal beat," said Schmelzer.

The Trojans had a scrimmage against Vinton-Shellsburg last Saturday. Coach Schmelzer said they came away wanting to emphasize passes together and possessing the ball more.

"With one day of prep, I thought the ladies made great strides in improving in that area. I want to make special mention of MaryAnn Marks (East Marshall) who started her first game at goalkeeper in only her second week at the goalie position she has really stepped up and was great for us last night," said Schmelzer.

The girls will be on the road tonight, Friday, April 5 to Solon.



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