ANAMOSA - Giving themselves all the chances they could to defeat visiting Bellevue-Marquette Tuesday, May 4, the Anamosa girls’ soccer team attacked relentlessly on the offensive end in an attempt to score goals.
“Offensively, the girls played a great game and we really attacked the Bellevue-Marquette defense all game long,” said Raider girls soccer coach Tom Rogers. “The only problem was, we couldn’t get enough shots past the Marquette keeper to be able to stay in the game.”
Anamosa (3-8) blasted an impressive 24 shots at the Mohawk keeper, but scored just one goal in what ended as a tough 5-1 setback against the Bellevue-Marquette team.
“We got a lot of shots taken and had a lot of good ones too, but you just have to hand it to their keeper, she made some very nice saves,” Rogers said. “She frustrated our offense. I really thought with the way we were playing that we’d be able to score more than one goal in that game.”
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie through most of the first half before the Mohawks got on the board first scoring with 6:37 remaining in the opening half to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Bellevue-Marquette kept the momentum going almost immediately in the second half as well scoring two more goals less than 10 minutes into the frame before Chloe Breitbach answered for the hosts finally getting a shot past the Mohawk keeper with 10:49 to play in the game.
“The girls played the game we wanted to play and did the things we needed them to do,” Rogers said. “When Marquette scored early in the second half, we seemed to get nervous and got out of our game a bit, though Chloe was able to get a goal for us, which we really needed.”
The Breitbach goal pulled the Raiders to within two goals of the Mohawks at 3-1, but the visitors closed the game with two more goals to secure the victory.
Breitbach pounded eight shots at the Mohawk goal to lead the Anamosa girls while Claire Brown came through with six more. Michaela Scranton and Addy Rogers chipped in with two shots each while Kinzey Bottelman, Olivia Bottelman, Madeline Broghammer, Cali Koppes, Jaiden Peasley and Liz Riniker all added one shot each for the Raider offense.
Anamosa keeper Jaiden Neuhaus was busy tending the Raider net making 21 saves facing 26 Bellevue-Marquette shots.
The Raider girls hit the road Thursday, May 6, and facing one of the top teams in the state in class 1A 10th-ranked Denver, were handed a tough 12-0 defeat that ended and the half.
“Denver was one of the better teams we’ve seen this season, but I wouldn’t say they were the best,” said Rogers, as his team was outshot 25-0 in the 40-minute match that was ended by the 10-goal mercy rule.
“I think Mount Vernon was better, but we were struggling so much with numbers and depth, we just ran out of gas. COVID hit us hard this week and the girls are doing the best they can to overcome this situation. It wasn’t very good timing having a busy four-game week when we struggled having girls being able to play.”
Neuhaus made 13 saves tending the Anamosa goal.
The Raiders also played a JV contest with the Cyclones, coming out on the short end of a 6-0 final.
“We were just happy to be able to play a JV game and get some of those girls on the field,” Rogers said. “The game didn’t work out the way we hoped it would, but the girls tried to make things happen.”
Evie Breitbach, Natalie Hersom and Bri Neuhaus all tallied single shots at the Denver net as the visitors trailed 3-0 at the half.
Peasley tended the Raider goal making 10 saves.
The busy stretch continued Saturday, May 8, opening the Vinton-Shellsburg tournament with a 6-1 loss against Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
“The girls played so much better than the final score reflects,” Rogers said. “We did make a few mistakes that Gladbrook-Reinbeck took advantage of scoring a few late goals at the end of each half, but overall, I was proud of how the girls fought. We had chances.”
The Rebels scored a goal 10-minutes into the match then added another at the 15:11 mark to lead 2-0, which was all Rogers hoped his team would allow heading into the halftime break.
“The game really changed when they were able to score two late goals and lead 4-0 at the half, not 2-0,” Rogers said. “That was a huge difference going into the second half, but the girls still battled.”
Gladbrook-Reinbeck scored a third goal with 2:07 remaining in the half before another with a mere six-seconds left had the Rebels seizing all the momentum.
The Raiders were able to get a little of it back in the second half as Breitbach scored at the 24:33 mark to get Anamosa on the board, but the Rebels answered inside the game’s final five minutes scoring two goals to once again pull away.
The Raiders blasted 14 shots at the Gladbrook-Reinbeck goal led by six from Breitbach while Brown added three more. Kinzey Bottelman chipped in with two shots.
Jaiden Neuhaus tallied 13 saves for the Anamosa girls.
The Raiders came right back with no rest between matches and played the host Vikings, succumbing to a rough 11-2 defeat.
Vinton-Shellsburg jumped to a quick 3-0 lead before Brown fired a shot past the Viking keeper at the 12:48 mark getting the visitors on the board thanks to some help from a Breitbach assist.
The hosts answered Anamosa’s goal almost immediately scoring just 15-seconds after the Raider goal then tallied another at the 10:34 mark to go up 5-1.
Breitbach answered for the Anamosa girls finding the back of the Viking net with 1:47 remaining, but again the hosts answered scoring a little over one-minute later to take a 6-2 advantage into the halftime break.
“That goal really seemed to break us,” Rogers said. “Then once the flood gates opened, it was over. Our girls were just completely gassed. Being down eight girls during a busy stretch like this, and then playing back-to-back games on Saturday was a lot to ask of the girls, but they went out and gave their all.”
Vinton-Shellsburg scored five second half goals to blow the game completely open and out-shot the Raiders 38-14 in the match.
Rogers paced the Anamosa offense with four attempts at the Viking net while Broghammer and Scranton added three more each.
Jaiden Neuhaus was busy making 27 saves tending the Raider net.