HARLAN — Harlan scored three goals in each half to take a 6-1 Hawkeye 10 Conference victory over the Creston girls Tuesday night.
For Panther coach Kim Lauffer, however, it was a sign of progress in a year’s time.
“Last year they beat us by the mercy rule, 10-0, very quickly,” Lauffer said. “It was 8-0 at halftime last year and they got the next two goals within just a few minutes of the second half. It was exciting to see our bench step up after a very good JV effort, and our defense held up pretty strong. Two of the goals were scored on corner kicks, so we need to work on that with better pressure cover.”
The Panthers put a goal-scoring play together with eight minutes left. Michelle Powers took a shot, it bounced off the goalkeeper’s torso, and Toni VanScoy was in place to knock in the rebound.
“Toni was in the right place at the right time,” Lauffer said.
VanScoy was also part of the JV team that stayed close all of the way in a 3-0 loss.
“The girls did an excellent job,” Lauffer said. “We’re starting to connect passes a little better, and figuring out the spacing.”
A challenging opening week continues Thursday with a home match against Class 1A 12th-ranked Valley (Nodaway Valley/WCV/A-C), which outshot AHST (Avoca) by a 41-1 margin in an 8-0 victory Monday.
Harlan 6, Creston 1
Creston (1) — Toni VanScoy 72:34. Shots on goal — 13. Individual shots — Savannah Hartman 4, Abbie Cook 3, Carolina Ibarra 1, Michelle Powers 1, Hanna Luther 1, Becca Ross 1, Angelica Claytor 1, Toni VanScoy 1. Keeper saves — Sadie Jones 23.