MISSOURI VALLEY — The Creston girls soccer team played close with Missouri Valley through 70 minutes here on Monday, but Missouri Valley pulled away late for a 4-1 victory over the Panthers.
Creston head coach Kim Lauffer said the loss shed some light on not only weaknesses, but strengths as well.
“It showed us some weaknesses and some strengths,” she said. “We have to work on those strengths and work even harder on those weaknesses. Our team did well with what was asked of them so far. They just need to be coached more on my part.”
Missouri Valley got on the board first, scoring at the 33:00 mark to take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
But the Panthers quickly tied the game up at 1-1, when Mackenzie Andreasen put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a goal in the opening minutes of the second half.
Brenna Baker passed the ball up the middle to Hannah Luther, who scooped the ball to Michelle Powers on the outside.
Powers brought the ball up the line and got it to Andreasen, who put the finishing touches on the goal by bending the ball around the goalie, sneaking it just inside the post.
“There were probably two or three defenders trying to keep the ball out,” Lauffer said. “It was an interesting goal, for sure. I thought for sure it was going to hit the post and bounce back out, but it went in.”
But, Missouri Valley answered back with a goal at the 45:36 mark, and took control of the game with two goals in the final 10:00 of the game.
Lauffer said it was different, even for the returning players, as they were either playing a new position, or were playing the same position but with new people around them.
The Panthers won’t have much time to work on their strengths, weaknesses or on becoming familiar with their teammates, as they return to action at home tonight against Harlan.
The junior varsity team plays at 5 p.m., with the varsity action starting at 6:30 p.m. It was originally listed as a 5 p.m. varsity start.
Missouri Valley 4, Creston 1
Creston (1) — Mackenzie Andreasen goal (Michelle Powers assist). Shots on goal — 11. Keeper saves — Sadie Jones 16. Fouls — 1. Cards — none.
Missouri Valley (4) — Shots on goal — 20. Saves — 10. Fouls — 3.