The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Tigers girls soccer team hosted their soccer tournament this past weekend (April 21-22). The Tigers played three matches throughout the tournament, all of which they won. The three wins allowed the Tigers’ to continue to be undefeated this season (5-0).
“We have played some really good teams this season, so being 5-0 feels great,” said coach Kelsey Gaffney. “We went into this tournament knowing that all three teams were ranked and knowing that is was going to be a really big test for us. We’re very happy with the results and how we played as a team overall.”
On Friday, the Tigers played Gilbert, whom they beat 1-0.
Senior Kylee Luther was the Tiger to score the goal. Tiger keeper, Delaney Bertman, was able to save all six of Gilbert’s shots for a 100 percent save percentage.
The Tigers then played St. Albert’s, Council Bluffs on Saturday. The Tigers won their second match 3-0. Sydney Bertman scored two of the goals and Izzy LaFollette made the third.
“This past weekend we were able to get a lot of different players playing time and experience,” Gaffney said. “We had good leadership from Chelsea Bright, Allie Cook, and Sydney Bertman. Sydney Canney also did a great job of shutting down any offensive attacks other teams began in the midfield area.”
The Tigers final match was against the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers. The Tigers allowed the Clippers one goal, but still won the game 6-1.
The game started out quick, with the Tigers gaining possession immediately. Just two minutes into the game, LaFollete passed the ball off to Sydney Bertman where she was able to shoot the ball into the open net.
While keeping control of the ball, the Tigers were on a roll and with 23 minutes still left in the first half, Delaney Barton made the second goal of the game. The Tigers were already up 2-0.
The excitement didn’t stop there and a quick minute later, Sydney Bertman scored her second goal of the game off of a corner kick from Barton.
After the third goal, the game slowed down a bit, with the Clippers finally picking up their defense. The Tigers kept control of the ball and had many scoring opportunities, but the Clippers’ keeper Sarah Johnson kept the ball from hitting the back of the net.
It wasn’t until there was just ten seconds left in the half that the fourth goal was made. Once again, LaFollette saw the opportunity and passed the ball to Jordan Hook who had a wide open shot to the net. At the half the Tigers were up 4-0.
The second half was just as fast paced as the first and just four minutes into the second half, Allie Cook made the fifth goal for the Tigers with the help of Sydney Bertman.
The Tigers controlled the ball most of the second half, but the Tigers’ did give up the ball about halfway through the half allowing the Clippers to slip through.
Hannah Bormann drove the ball into the net past the Tigers’ keeper giving the Clippers’ their only goal of the match.
Once the game was restarted, the Tigers took no time to get the ball to the goal. Just 30 seconds after the Clippers’ goal, Tiger Brianna Heimann made the sixth and final goal for the Tigers.
After Heimann’s goal, the game slowed down. The Tigers’ had a yellow card called against them which allowed the Clippers to gain control of the ball, but once again that didn’t last long.
The Tigers finished the game having possession of the ball, but the Clippers defense didn’t give up another goal.
“The game against Clear Creek Amana was a very good win for our program. CCA is a very good team and are 7th in the rankings,” said Gaffney. “It was great to have so many different players score during that game as well. A lot of what we have worked on as a team over the last week really showed during this game. We were able to keep possession and many players were able to get themselves into scoring opportunities.”
The Tigers finished the tournament winning all three of their matches. The Tigers had a home game on Monday, April 24 against Dallas Center-Grimes.