HUDSON - So far nothing can stop the Bobcats.
Be it opposing goalkeepers, defenders or even questionable officiating, none have proved too tall an order for the Marshalltown boys' soccer team.
The Bobcats (6-0) kept their perfect record intact with four victories to claim the title at the Hudson Tournament Saturday.
"Overall it was a long day for us," MHS coach Creighton Jenness said. "There were many times we could have gotten frustrated at the calls, but we overcame them to win.
The Bobcats' biggest obstacle came in the tournament championship as Marshalltown squeaked out a 1-0 (5-4) victory in penalty kicks over Class 2A No. 5-ranked Webster City.
Martin Chavarria, Alfonso Gonzales, David Gomez, Victor Cisneros and Agustin Ortiz each found the back of the net, while Kreighton Miller came up with a block on the Lynx fourth penalty to spell the difference.
Wasting little time to get on the board, the Bobcats opened with a decisive 6-1 win over Independence.
Gonzalez scored 32 seconds into the match on an assist from Chavarria, before the junior added two of his own on assists from Gonzalez and Ellis Buchwald in the 21st and 25th minute. Martin finished with four goals and an assist, while Gonzalez had two goals and two assists. Abraham Armenta added two assists on second half goals in the 50th and 58th minute and Blair Van Staalduine set up one more in the 60th.
The Mustangs managed their lone score on a penalty kick in the 43rd minute, before the Bobcats countered with three more. All 22 players saw action for MHS in the rout.
Ball control played a pivotal role in Marshalltown's success from the start.
"We talked about possession a ton and it showed this weekend," Jenness said. "When we held on to the ball we played excellent and got a lot of chances. I think the guys will see that success and start playing more this way in our remaining schedule.
The Bobcats were a bit slower from the gate against West Delaware but still came through with a 2-1 victory. Buchwald scored both goals for Marshalltown including an unassisted score in the 9th minute and another on an assist from Chavarria in the 23rd. The Hawks got on the board in the 53rd minute.
"We started slow, but did alright," Jenness said. "We had many chances but we just couldn't put them all in."
Marshalltown continued its march to the finals with a 2-0 victory over Hudson.
Victor Cisneros scored unassisted in the 33rd minute before Gomez padded the lead on a pass from Gonzalez just two minutes later.
Along with some wins over quality opponents, the Bobcats also displayed their depth.
"The bench played great with the starters today - we had a great team showing," Jenness said.
The Bobcats start a five-game homestand Tuesday against Des Moines East.
Rebels take 3rd
Winning three of four matches, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys soccer team didn't allow its inexperience to stop them from a third place finish at the Hudson Tournament Saturday.
The Rebels (4-1) earned victories over Postville, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura and Hudson, while their lone loss came against runner-up Webster City - ranked fifth in Class 2A.
"With the competition over there, I'm pretty satisfied with how we did," G-R coach Kirk Dinsdale said. "We were so close with Webster City. Overall, I'm satisfied with our guys and can't complain with as young and inexperienced as we are.
Sophomore Bennett Petersen was the difference in a 1-0 win over Postville, tallying the lone goal of the match on a penalty kick.
G-R was on the other end of a penalty kick in a 2-1 loss to Webster City. Chase Clark gave the Rebels a 1-0 halftime edge on an assist from Colton Dinsdale, before the Lynx rallied in the second half and scored the game-winner on a PK.
Clark added two goals as Gladbrook-Reinbeck responded with a 5-1 rout over Garner-Hayfield/Ventura. Petersen, Dustin Dinsdale and Vasia Strohbehn also got on the board for the Rebels, which had 12 shots on goal. Marco Barron, Bryce Clark, Jackson Clark, Colton Dinsdale and Dustin Dinsdale each added an assist.
G-R capped the day with a 2-0 triumph over Hudson in the third-place match. Dustin Dinsdale and Colton Dinsdale each found the back of the net, while Barron and Shawn Dugan set up the goals.
Josh Cooley tended the net for the Rebels all day.
G-R travels to Cedar Valley Christian Tuesday.