Tiger girls dispatch Dutch

Monday, April 30, 2018
Spencer’s Isabella Burger lifts herself off the ground with a shot attempt into the wind during the Tigers’ 7-1 win over MOC-Floyd Valley at home Monday.
Photo by Nate Shaughnessy

It took until the final day of April, but Spencer’s soccer girls finally played their home opener Monday, cruising past MOC-Floyd Valley 7-1 on a windy night at the pitch.

“I think we played better going into the wind the first half,” Tiger girls soccer coach John Hansel said. “I think you have to concentrate a little bit more, and you have to move a little bit more when there’s a 30-40 mph wind coming at you. We had more goals going into the wind because I think you’ve got to be switched on. There’s no time to let the wind do the work for you.”

Spencer racked up four goals in the opening 40 minutes despite driving straight into the gusts.

Natalie Jacobson took the lid off with a goal in the fifth minute on a shot from outside the box.

Kelly Izard poked one in off a Mia Fank assist 12 minutes later, and Chrissy Anderson made it a 3-0 game with 9:42 left in the half.

Alyssa Winther tacked on the fourth on a Madysen Freeman helper with 5:29 on the clock.

Katie Moser got on the board less than two minutes into the second half, and just over four minutes later Fank picked up another assist as Isabella Burger put in a shot off her pass.

Kirsten Small scored the Tigers’ final goal with 20:05 remaining on a Winther assist.

Spencer then entered a bit of a funk, failing to score again on a team they beat 10-0 in their first meeting with 12:49 to go.

“That first 15-20 minutes (of the second half), they were doing what we talked about at halftime — moving off the ball, making creative runs, creating chances, and then it’s like all of a sudden at that 60 minute mark after that last goal our light just switched off,” Hansel said. “It looked they were bored. There was no more movement. We weren’t marking bodies when they’d counter attack. They looked disinterested."

The Tiger coach turned to his bench for a spark which never came, and the Dutch finally took advantage with 3:26 to go, marking the first goal Spencer has given up in conference play this year.

“I don’t know what was going on out there,” Hansel said. “I think we’re in shape, and I know they can be creative because they did it for 60 minutes. They just didn’t do it for all 80. I hate that that was the end of the game. We ended on that note, and that’s not really the way you want to end the game.”

Despite the lackluster final 20 minutes, Spencer still recorded the easy win, improving their record to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play. League action continues Thursday in Hull against Western Christian.

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