The Creston girls nearly became the third Panther girls team to reach the finals of the Creston Soccer Invitational Saturday.
Creston and Centerville were still locked in a scoreless tie after 80 minutes of soccer. In this tournament’s format, there is no overtime period. The match goes directly to a best-of-five penalty kick shootout.
Michelle Powers and Hanna Luther made goals on their attempts for Creston, but Centerville made four-of-five to officially win the match, 1-0.
Centerville went on to play Underwood in the finals, where Underwood prevailed, 5-0.
The loss sent the Panthers into a consolation match on the Creston Elementary/Middle School west field against Boone, which entered play with an 0-9 record.
The Toreadors, however, matched their season high in goals in taking a 3-0 victory, dropping Creston to 1-10 for the season.
Starting with no goals scored in 42 shots against Centerville, and losing to Boone after trailing only 1-0 at halftime, coach Kim Lauffer said it was a day of frustration mixed in with some solid play on the field.
“We did outplay them (Centerville),” Lauffer said. “We just couldn’t get it in the net, which seems to be the way we play. We just can’t seem to finish right now. Some of it is skill and shooting, but they have gotten better. Our defense was good. The back of our defense did an excellent job.”
The Panthers gave up two second-half goals against Boone, not showing a strong push in the scoring zone until the final three minutes. That flurry, however, was encouraging to Lauffer.
“We finished the game strong in the last five to 10 minutes, so that shows what they are capable of doing,” Lauffer said. “It seemed like at other times we were tired and stabbing at the ball.”
Atlantic, which beat the Panthers by one goal twice last year, hosts the Panthers Tuesday before a home match Thursday against Glenwood.
Creston owns one championship since the invitational started in 2008, going 3-0 in the first year. The Panthers were 1-2 in 2009, 1-1 with a loss in the finals to Perry in 2010 and 1-1 in 2011. Damage from the tornado caused the tourney to be cancelled in 2012, and it was not held last year because of inclement weather.
Centerville 1, Creston 0 (OT)
Creston (0) — Shots (on goal) — 42 (26 on goal). Individual shots (on goal)— Savannah Hartman 11 (7), Hanna Luther 6 (4), Michelle Powers 5 (3), Angelica Claytor 4 (1), Maddie Travis 2, Logan Pettit 2 (1), Ryan Vasquez 1 (1), Jenna Hayes 1 (1), Shelby Palser 1, Alyssa Higgins 1 (1), Itzayanna Rubio 1 (1). Shootout — 3 of 5 (Powers and Luther). Keeper saves — Becca Ross 12.
Centerville (1) — Shots (on goal) — 16 (13 on goal). Shootout — 4 of 5. Saves — 14.
Boone 3, Creston 0
Creston (0) — Shots (on goal) — 10 (7 on goal). Individual shots (on goal)— Sadie Jones 2 (2), Savannah Hartman 2 (2), Michelle Powers 2 (2), Jenna Hayes 2, Toni VanScoy 1 (1), Hanna Luther 1. Keeper saves — Becca Ross 17. Cards — None.
Boone (3) — Ashton Summerhays first half; Sarah Gustofson 12:00 second half; Emily Carey 9:00 second half. Shots (on goal) — 19 (17 on goal). Saves — 7. Cards — None.