The Le Mars Community girls soccer team started the new season strong with a 2-1 win at home over Denison-Schleswig on Monday night.
Every season opener in every sport brings out its surprises both good and bad. The Bulldogs got the win in the game even after graduating a number of seniors off last year’s team. Head Coach Nicole Green says getting a win in the first game is a big plus.
On the positive side, Le Mars was on the attack for much of the game keeping the pressure on Denison-Schleswig’s defense. On the negative side, the Bulldogs did not communicate like Coach Green wanted. Coach Green says the Bulldogs did remedy the negative side after halftime.
That offensive pressure was key for the Bulldogs who were playing with a new goalkeeper in Lexi Hurd. Hurd played tennis last year, so she is brand new to the sport of soccer. Coach Green says she stood out due to having some great hands to make saves.
The Bulldogs got a score in the first half on a penalty kick from Zoe Wittkop after she knifed her way through the defense. The second score came in the second half on a breakaway from the speedy Sarah Brown. Coach Green says her forward line has speed to burn, and they will use that to their advantage this season.
Le Mars starts the new year off with a 1-0 record, and they will take that record on the road to Orange City on Thursday against MOC-Floyd Valley.