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Bobcat girls stymied by Scarlets in 4-0 defeat

DES MOINES — An early goal gave the Des Moines East girls’ soccer team all the advantage it needed against Marshalltown as the Bobcats remained winless after a 4-0 loss on Tuesday night at Williams Stadium.

America Munguia gave the host Scarlets (2-4) a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute, and that would eventually prove to be enough.

Des Moines East expanded its lead by scoring three times in the second half, with Leslie Marquez-Mayorga tallying twice. Rocio Hernandez Rocha scored the other goal for the Scarlets.

Marshalltown goalkeeper Kathryn Johnson made 11 saves in net. The Bobcats countered with just two shots on goal — one each for Alexia Garcia and Irais Buenrostro. Sara Huffman had two shots as well, but neither made it on net for MHS (0-6).

“We had opportunities here and there but had trouble connecting, especially out of the middle,” said Bobcat head coach Stacy Galema. “We were without two senior starters today which was unfortunate, but even with a short bench the girls worked hard. It’s finding those spots and again, connecting passes throughout the field so we don’t have to work so hard to maintain possession or have to win the ball back.”

Marshalltown is back at home on Friday, hosting Des Moines Lincoln in a 6 p.m. match at Leonard Cole Field.

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