BELLEVUE - Battling back from a two-goal deficit, the Anamosa girls soccer team was able to force overtime at Bellevue-Marquette Monday, April 8.
“This was a back and forth match and once again our girls never showed any quit, battling all the way to the bitter end,” said Raider girls soccer coach Tom Rogers, as his team would eventually succumb to a heartbreak ing 3-2 overtime loss as the Mohawks scored the game-winning goal with just 14-seconds remaining in the extra session.
“This was our best game of the year and it was great to see everyone step up and contribute. We’re really starting to click as a team. Just watching the way the defense played pushing up and transitioning the ball to the offense gave us a lot of scoring opportunities.”
Even while facing a howling wind, both offenses dominated as Anamosa (0-4, 0-2) tallied 19 shot attempts at the Bellevue-Marquette goal while the hosts added 22 more of their own with Raider keeper Jaiden Neuhaus making an impressive 19 saves.
The Mohawks jumped to a 1-0 halftime lead then extended it to 2-0 scoring seven minutes into the second half.
Anamosa answered with a pair of Addy Rogers goals, the first coming off an assist from teammate Dakota Bierer.
Rogers’ second goal with 21:03 to play knotted the score.
Rogers led the Raider offense coming through with four shot attempts while Bierer added three more. Claire Brown, Annie Lin, Cali Koppes, Natalie Hersom and Jesina Minger all added two shots each for the visitors.
The Anamosa girls retuned home Friday, April 12, and playing in near frigid temperatures were handed a rough 14-0 loss against class 1A fourth-ranked Union-LaPorte City.
“Union really knew how to move the ball well and just kept pressure on our defense the entire game. They were relentless,” said Rogers, as the contest ended at the half with the 10-goal rule.
“I know Jaiden did the best she could in the goal for us. There was nothing she could do with so many of those shots coming at her.”
The Knights ripped 29 shots at the Raider goal while the hosts managed three of their own, two coming off the foot of Bierer while Liz Riniker also tallied a shot attempt.
Anamosa dropped the JV game in an 8-0 final as Union led 6-0 at the half and out-shot the Raiders 27-1 with Brown tallying the lone shot attempt for the hosts.
“Union’s JV team was just as strong as their varsity,” Rogers said. “And much like our varsity team, the girls played hard and never let the score get them down.”
Jaiden Peasley (7 saves) and Jayden Ellis (12 saves) split time tending the Anamosa goal and combined to make 19 saves in the match.