MONTICELLO - Knowing it was just going to be a matter of time before his team would break through and take control of the contest against host Monticello Friday, April 23, Anamosa girls soccer coach Tom Rogers watched and waited as his team continued to attack the Panther goal.
He waited. And waited. And waited.
“The girls were on the offensive all game long, we just had a hard time getting shots past the Monticello keeper,” said Rogers, who patience was eventually rewarded as his team claimed a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over the Panthers.
“Monticello’s defense proved to be very good. We pretty much spent the entire game on our offensive end of the field, but Monticello just would not allow us to score a goal until the girls came through late in regulation and then again late in the shootout. Better late than never I guess.”
Anamosa (2-3) outshot the Panthers by a whopping 49-13 margin, but with less than 15-minutes to play in regulation, it was the Raiders who trailed 1-0 when Monticello tallied a goal to break a scoreless tie with 24:25 to play.
“As good as we were in the first half attacking the Monticello goal, we were even better in the second and I knew it would just be a matter of time before one of our girls would be able to get one past the Panther keeper,” Rogers said. “Thankfully, we got it done and were able to force overtime.”
Raider freshman Chloe Breitbach came through with that clutch goal blasting the ball into the back of the Monticello net with 12:47 to play, tying the score at 1-1.
The two teams then played through two scoreless 10-minute overtime sessions before the game went into a shootout.
“There’s a lot of pressure when you get to a shootout, on the goalies and the shooters, and I thought our girls really handled that pressure very well,” said Rogers, as Anamosa and Monticello shooters traded misses through each of their first three attempts before the Panthers finally broke the ice and scored on their fourth try.
“We were starting to run out of chances, but when we needed them the most, the girls came through like I knew they would.”
Trailing 1-0 in late in the shootout, Cali Koppes fired a shot past the Panther keeper to knot the score. After another Monticello miss followed, Michaela Scranton ended the match scoring the final goal for the Raider girls.
“This was such an amazing feeling of relief,” Rogers said. “We dominated this match, but the girls never got down on themselves and just kept doing what they knew was working and that it was eventually going to pay off. In the end, it finally did.”
Breitbach powered that amazing 49-shot Raider offense coming through with 12 attempts at the Panther net while Addy Rogers added 11 more. Claire Brown chipped in with nine shots with Madeline Broghammer adding six more.
Anamosa keeper Jaiden Neuhaus, who was injured in the game, tallied eight saves while Jaiden Peasley came in and added three more.
“Jaiden Neuhaus was taken out by a Monticello player and struggled to get back up and had to come out of the game for a little bit,” Rogers said. “She came back in and played a spectacular game. Jaiden Peasley came in and did a great job playing about five minutes in Neuhaus’ absence.”
Koppes (4 shots), Liz Riniker (3), Scranton (2), Kinzey Bottelman (1) and Sidney Toycen (1) also added shots for the Raider offense.
“A win like this shows the girls that if you give it your all, all the time, good things can happen,” Rogers said. “This match was pretty stressful for a couple of coaches and their fans, but the girls really came through.”
Anamosa opened their week Tuesday, April 20, with a tough 5-2 loss hosting Mid-Prairie.
“We got off to a great start and really seemed to be controlling things in the first half, then all of a sudden everything changed,” said Rogers, as his team jumped to a quick 2-0 lead less than 10-minutes into the match only to see the Golden Hawks close the game on a 5-0 run to pull away.
“After Mid-Prairie scored a couple of goals, and tied things in the second half, we seemed to stop attacking and went into defensive mode. That played right into Mid-Prairie’s hands and they took advantage.”
Breitbach scored a pair of quick goals for the Raiders blasting shots past the Golden Hawk keeper at the 34:44 and 30:20 marks of the first half and the hosts led 2-1 entering the halftime break.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie for the first 20-minutes of the second half before the Golden Hawks scored a goal to tie the game, then three minutes later took a lead they would not lose.
“I think we got a little tired in the second half and may have even panicked a bit,” Rogers said. “Our defense just expanded too much and we struggled getting good shot attempts at their goal the rest of the way.”
After taking a 3-2 lead with 16:52 to play in the match, the visitors added goals at the 13:51 and 17-second marks to close out the win.
Breitbach powered a solid 24-shot Anamosa offense coming through with 10 in the match while Rogers added five more. Brown came through with four attempts with Broghammer (2), Christensen (2) and Koppes (1) also helping out.
Neuhaus was busy tending the Raider goal facing 25 Mid-Prairie shots while making 20 saves.
“We’ll learn from a game like this,” Rogers said. “This was one we could and should have won, but we made some mistakes and got away from what was working.”