Unity no match for Tiger girls
Following a busy Saturday in Waverly that saw the Tiger girls beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck 4-1, 1A No. 4-ranked Iowa City Regina 2-1 and fall to 2A No. 2-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock 5-0 in the bracket championship, Spencer had a quick turnaround Monday night, hosting Unity Christian.
There were no hints of exhaustion while the Knights had no answers for the Tiger attack in a 10-0 Spencer victory.
“I was impressed with the performance,” Spencer girls soccer coach John Hansel said. “We just kind of wore them down I think. I had predicted when it was 3-0 that it was going to be 10-0 by the end of it.”
Hansel’s prediction came with 17:40 remaining in the first half following Chrissy Anderson’s second goal of the half. She scored another with 22:18 on the clock after Katie Moser cracked the goose egg on the scoreboard with a rocket shot three minutes earlier.
However, he wasn’t sure his girls would be that dominant at the start.
“I was worried because we played three games Saturday, and a lot of these girls (played a lot),” Hansel explained. “Two of them didn’t even step off the field, and they played almost all of it tonight. I think they just really wanted it. It didn’t look like they were fatigued at all.”
Moser slipped in one more just before halftime for a 4-0 lead at the break, and the floodgates opened in the second half with Anderson scoring a third time for a hat trick, Anna Jacobson finding the net, Natalie Jacobson slipping one in, Mia Fank stretching the threads and Moser scoring twice, including with 43 seconds left on the clock to end the game via mercy rule at 10-0.
Moser’s four goals bumps her up to 28 on the year which currently leads the state across all classes. She is now up to 91 goals scored in her career.
Moser and the Tigers improve to 13-3 overall with the victory with one regular season game remaining Thursday at home against West Sioux. Thursday’s action will be a tripleheader with the girls JV starting at 4 p.m. with varsity girls to follow and varsity boys playing at the conclusion of the girls game.
The Tiger girls will then focus all of their energy on the postseason with their first regional game coming at home in the semifinals on Tuesday, May 29 against either Spirit Lake or Storm Lake.
“There are some things we need to iron out with the back line that we don’t always see exposed until we play teams like Waverly,” Hansel said. “Just trying to stay more compact, so we’re working on our back line a lot. Working on the runs that we make from outside defenders. Working on creativity in the box and trying to create overloads — two against one situations. We haven’t had many practices this year, so we’re going to value that time off. Usually I dread all those days, but I think that’s what we need this year.”