Hard losses for Lady Spartans
By Saira Steen
Special to the Economist
SOLON– The last 10 days have really put a strain on the Solon girls soccer team. Four games in one week with the Spartans hosting three matches against Davenport Assumption, Central DeWitt and Dyersville Beckman, as well as one on the road against Maquoketa .
“We had a really tough week against some good opponents. It is always hard playing four games in a week, but I think we handled it well,” said head coach John Tucker. “One of the things that this team does well at is working through adversity, whether it is the weather, field conditions, injuries, or other things. We continue to work together as a team and support each other which is key to having success on the field.”
The team racked up three more wins over Maquoketa (2-1), Central DeWitt (6-0) and Dyersville Beckman (1-0) along with a 3-0 loss against first-ranked Davenport Assumption.
Last week raised the final tally to six games in 10 days. Solon hosted Cedar Rapids Prairie Thursday night. The girls fought the climate that evening with rain a plenty! Playing Prairie, a Class 3A team, Solon showed they are true Spartans; true warriors. With six shots on the goal and five saves from senior goalie Katie Silberstein they battled hard, but weren’t able to get the one goal they needed to win before Prairie scored, delivering a 1-0 loss.
Within 24 hours they were back on the field, at Clear Creek Amana, for yet another intense game against the Clippers. The first half remained scoreless and CCA was able to get one in the upper 90 during a penalty kick.
Again the Solon girls battled their way through 80 minutes of intense, hard play. Throughout the game, the clock was stopped for multiple injuries but the Spartans were like the Timex watch as they took on plenty of licks but kept up on the kicks as they made a grand attempt at playing a clean game of soccer. CCA won 2-1.
The last six games ended with a staggering 74 shots on the goal, 24 goalie saves and more than 16 corner kicks.
The trip to Maquoketa proved to be the winner with 23 shots on the goal with Josie Durr contributing eight shots and both goals for the win. Assists were credited to Anna Seydel and Brianna Pike.
Against Central DeWitt seniors Seydel and Pike had two goals, and one for senior Alyssa Stotler along with sophomore Nicole Oberthien. Pike also had success scoring the only goal against Dyersville Beckman. Pike kicked the only goal against CR Prairie and Anna Seydel is credited for kicking a beautiful goal in the upper 90 against Clear Creek Amana.
With 13 games down and four to go before the regional quarterfinals begin, the girls are tasked with playing those four remaining matches in the next week.
After a road match with Vinton-Shellsburg Monday, the Lady Spartans host their last home game against Mid-Prairie Thursday, May 22, followed by an away match against Williamsburg Friday, May 23. The girls finish off the regular season with a trip south to play Iowa City Regina on Tuesday, May 27.