Bobcats bounced in double-OT
Des Moines Lincoln scores golden goal in 96th minute to top Marshalltown girls
“One and done,” someone shouted, just before the first overtime began.
One goal was all either Des Moines Lincoln or the Marshalltown girls’ soccer team needed when Tuesday night’s game went into extra time at Leonard Cole Field. And in the end, it was the Railspliters who got the one and were done.
At the start of the 96th minute, Sophia Sanchez caught a cross from Laura Harper, corralled a rebound and the winning goal trickled in past Bobcat goalkeeper Victoria Johnson to sound the final siren.
Johnson tallied 10 saves out of the Railspliters’ 11 shots on goal, and had what MHS head coach Stacy Galema said was her best game the year. From wire-to-wire, Johnson was focused and refused to let the hardest strikes or most strategic shots by her.
But the same issue that’s plagued the Bobcats (2-12) for the better part of the season was the downfall in the two overtime periods Tuesday night.
“Obviously, our focus point has been getting on offense, and in the two overtimes we were just more worried about not letting them score,” Galema said. “And ultimately that hurt us. And a lot of times, we’re giving up free kicks right outside the box. Dangerous opportunity after dangerous opportunity is a little much.”
The Bobcats relied heavily on their defense in the two overtimes, so much that it resulted in zero shots or shots on goals in the 16 minutes of overtime. In all, Marshalltown had just six total shots, three of which — all coming in the first half — were on goal.
The Railspliters (6-7) posted 19 total shots, three of which came in the two overtime periods, and 11 ended up being on goal. One included a penalty kick in the 28th minute that Johnson had to stretch out completely to get, and ended up denying.
With two games left in the regular season, Galema said the Bobcats’ best is yet to come. They’re still searching to put together a game where they can win more 50/50 balls at midfield, rather than in the defensive half. Doing that will force the offensive front to control more and, for Marshalltown’s sake, come away with goals and a pair of wins.
“We’re in the game, and we’ve had a lot of opportunities,” Galema said. “But we can’t just settle for saying we had opportunities. We have to find ways to capitalize. [Monday] we worked a lot on turning and shooting right away, and not letting them set up. And I don’t know we did that as much as we needed to today. We would’ve had a couple better shots had we done that.”
Macy Goecke, Vanessa Garcia Armas and Naomi Boland all had solid looks on their shots on goal, but subsequently were right into the arms of Des Moines Lincoln goalkeeper Allison Lane.
Marshalltown forges on against a hot Des Moines North team (6-6) that has won three of its five games, before hosting a 2-10 Ottumwa team in the regular season finale at home.
Galema said the Bobcats aren’t settling for the outcomes they’re being dealt. With a pair of games left in the regular season, there’s still time to showcase a year’s worth of practice and experience.
“Our focus the next few days will be on moving up on offense,” Galema said. “Our defense does a great job winning the ball, but our mids struggle a bit to come back and receive the ball and move it up the field sometimes. It’s the same thing, if our defense wins the ball and sends it up, their players are there and ours aren’t. It’s just a lot of work on our defense.”
Marshalltown will head to North on Friday before coming back to take on Ottumwa on Tuesday.
Des Moines Lincoln 1, Marshalltown 0, 2OT
DML — Sophia Sanchez (Laura Harper), 96:00.
Goalkeepers — DML: Allison Lane (3 shots on goal, 3 saves), MHS: Victoria Johnson (11-10).
Shots — DML 19, MHS 6
Shots on goal — 11, MHS 3
Corner kicks — DML 2, MHS 1
Fouls — DML 12, MHS 13
Penalty kicks — DML 1, MHS 0
Yellow cards — Aspen Chadderdon, MHS, 36:20; DML bench, 77:50.