Hawks rock, ’Cats rolled
Ankeny scores 6 goals in first 13 minutes to put away Marshalltown
The Hawks simply just started out faster than the Bobcats. The Marshalltown girls’ soccer team slowed down Ankeny in the latter part of the opening half, but by the time the Bobcats slowed the Hawk attack, Ankeny had six goals on the scoreboard.
Coming into Friday’s cross-CIML contest on Leonard Cole Field, Chloee Kooker had scored 12 goals for Ankeny this year. No other Hawk had scored three. Kooker added another five to her season total as the Hawks topped the Bobcats, 9-0.
“Definitely proud of the fact we didn’t stop. That’s one of the things we talked about here at the end,” said Bobcat coach Stacy Galema. “Even in the first half we didn’t necessarily just stop and say, ‘Oh, let’s just let them get to 10.’ We put some girls in different situations.
“We have certain girls that work really hard. Make sure we recognize how hard that some of those are working in those positions.”
Kooker scored in the first minute of the contest on an assist from Alexis Legg to put Ankeny (6-5) up 1-0 on the Bobcats (1-7). The Hawks scored six times in the first 12 minutes, 9 seconds. Legg set up Kooker again in the seventh minute. Olivia Sharar notched her first score of the night 1:15 later on a helper from Kooker, and then Kooker scored again herself 24 seconds later on an assist from Taylor Peterson.
Tana Stevens recorded a goal in the 11th with the assist going to Morgan Bennett. Sharar then scored her second tally of the night on another assist from Kooker in the 13th.
Macy Goecke had the first of the few offensive looks the Bobcats had on the home pitch with a shot right at the 23rd mark. Marshalltown goalkeeper Victoria Johnson made a pair of saves, stopping shots on goal by Sharar in the 27th and Legg in the 28th to keep the score at halftime 6-0.
Johnson finished the night with five saves on 13 shots on goal faced. Damaris Garcia was one of the players Galema put in to get some experience, as the sophomore played in the final 6:50 in goal, surrendering one score.
“For the varsity, it was making sure we were determined. We’re a team it takes us a while in games to get going for whatever reason,” Galema said. “Normally we have a better second half. I think they did that again today. We had our senior leaders step up to say, ‘We’re not going to let it just end. We’re here to play 80 minutes.'”
Johnson denied Alyssa Parker the opportunity to join the scoring, stopping her shot in the 42nd, but Kooker did find the back of the net just a few seconds later. Kooker did score one more time on a free kick from about 35 yards out, but the Bobcats did put more than 30 minutes in between her final two scores. Ellie Gretz capped the night scoring against Garcia in the 75th.
“In the first half we changed our defense,” Galema said. “They were just sending through balls, so we went more diamond in the back rather than just a straight line. I think that helped. That’s when they slowed down in the first half.”
The Bobcats will be away from their pitch for a week, playing at Class 3A No. 7 Johnston on Monday for a CIML Iowa Conference matchup. Marshalltown will be back home next Friday for another CIML Iowa match against No. 6 Dowling Catholic.
“We don’t really get a time to sit back and think about this one,” Galema said. “I’m going to have them watch the game this weekend, that’s the last time we’re ever going to mention it.
“The one thing we will carry from this game is we have to make sure we’re ready to go from the start. Some of their goals early on, I think we were slow with our feet. If we move a little quicker, anticipate a little faster we could prevent them a little more.”
Ankeny 9, Marshalltown 0
ANK — Chloee Kooker (Alexis Legg), :47
ANK — Kooker (Legg), 6:14
ANK — Olivia Sharar (Kooker), 7:29
ANK — Kooker (Taylor Peterson), 7:53
ANK — Tana Stevens (Morgan Bennett), 10:55
ANK — Sharar (Kooker), 12:09
ANK — Kooker, 42:35
ANK — Kooker, 73:10
ANK — Ellie Gretz (Emily Schuhmacher), 74:33
Goalkeepers — ANK — Brenny Frederick (0 shots on goal, 0 saves); MHS: Victoria Johnson (13-8), Damaris Garcia (1-0)
Shots — ANK 24, MHS 1
Shots on goal — ANK 14, MHS 0
Fouls — ANK 12, MHS 6
Corner kicks — ANK 5, MHS 0
Yellow Cards — Alyssa Parker, ANK, 58:47