IOWA CITY– Last Tuesday’s intense battle went to Regina but round two is coming up this Friday.
The Solon Lady Spartans travelled to Iowa City Regina last week for a fierce competition. Solon and Regina are know for having a stiff rivalry and this game was no exception. Both teams kept up their intensity throughout the entire game. Solon struck early with an Alison McKinnie goal, but the Regals answered with four goals in the first half.
In the second half Solon came out ready to upend that 4-1 halftime score. McKinnie scored in less than two minutes. Again, Regina answered with another goal five minutes later. Jackie Meyer came back with a goal within three minutes, making the score 5-3 in favor of Regina. With just under 13 minutes left in the game, McKinnie converted a penalty kick and it was suddenly a one-point game. Solon was on offense for most of the last 12 minutes, but Regina got an insurance goal with just over a minute to play to end the game at 6-4.
“In my mind the two halves were like two different games,” said head coach, John Tucker. “The first half we were sluggish and tentative, but the second we came out strong and dominated the play. It was good for us to play Regina at Regina since we will likely face them there again in the regionals. We know what we have to do now to shut down their offense as well as get more scoring opportunities for ourselves.
“It was one of the few games that I have seen the girls so pumped up after a loss,” Tucker added. “But it is because they knew they had just put together a great half of soccer and that anything is possible once regionals begin. We are going to be working even that much harder in the upcoming days to really solidify what has become a great soccer team.”
The Lady Spartans begin postseason play Tuesday, May 29, in Region 7 of the Class 1A soccer regionals, hosting Mount Vernon. Regina received a first round bye and would host the next game in the regional bracket Friday, June 1, at 6 p.m.