The Dallas Center-Grimes Fillies soccer team finally won two in a row when they beat the Winterset Huskies on Monday, May 8. The 3-1 win bumped up the Fillies record to 4-7 on the season.
“We played everybody we had on the bench tonight so this was an overall team thing,” said coach Dan James. “We were subbing in five or six girls and in the second half we had a lot more control of the game. We were going against the wind, but we still maintained possession, so this was an overall great team win because there wasn’t one girl that sat out for us. Some girls played six to eight minutes for us and some of the girls played 50 to 60, they just helped each other out.”
The game started slow and even with the Fillies and Huskies going back and forth down the field switching possession of the ball.
The first shot of the game came 11 minutes into the first half. The Fillies were the one to shoot the ball, but unfortunately it missed the goal and went back down the field.
The Fillies fit in another shot just a minute and a half later, but after the shot missed, the game slowed back down.
Two fouls were then called against the Fillies that allowed the Huskies free kicks, neither of which made it to the goal.
After the free kicks, neither team kept true control of the ball and shots were made on either side of the field. When the clock read 17 minutes remaining in the first half is when the Fillies took control of the game.
The Fillies ran down the field and the ball was passed to Kaylin Berghoefer. Berghoefer shot the ball into the empty goal for the first goal of the game. The Fillies were up 1-0.
The Fillies kept the speed up, but few shots were made. With nine minutes remaining in the half, Jaci Versluis had another shot on goal for the Fillies, just to have in saved once more by the Huskies’ keeper Alayna Gray. Gray ended up saving eight of the Fillies shots on the night.
One more foul was called against the Huskies before the half ended, unfortunately the Fillies didn’t make the ball far enough down the field for a second goal. The Fillies finished the first leading the Huskies 1-0.
The second half began a lot faster and rougher than the first. Both teams came out strong, but the Fillies were able to keep control of the ball.
Fillies Milena Foggia and Madi Duey both had close shots against the Huskies just eight minutes into the second half. Both shots hit the outside of the goal, allowing Gray a couple goal kicks.
After the Fillies couple shots, the Huskies’ picked up their defense and didn’t allow the Fillies too close to the goal. Even when the Huskies’ defense picked up, the Fillies continued to keep control of the ball.
With 19 minutes left in the game, Berghoefer saw an opening and shot the ball once more. The ball flew into the net and the Fillies were now up 2-0.
The Huskies finally got control of the ball after the restart of the game, they also kept control for the next few minutes. Six minutes after the Fillies goal, Husky Kailey Beebe saw her opportunity and made the Huskies only goal of the game. The Huskies were now down only one goal (2-1).
“We knew coming into the game it was going to be a tough battle, we’re comparable teams,” said James. “After we got that second goal, we kind of let off, and we shouldn’t have. We gave them a couple quality looks in that last 12 or 13 minutes which made it 2-1, so I didn’t know how our girls were going to react.”
Once the game was restarted, the Fillies had possession of the ball for a short period of time. The then Fillies gave up the ball when they had two fouls called against them that gave the Huskies a couple more free kicks. Luckily the free kicks didn’t make it to the Fillies’ goal and they were able to regain possession.
The game kept going in the Fillies favor and with just six minutes left in the game, Duey shot the ball right past Gray who dove toward her feet. Duey’s goal put the Fillies up two goals and finished the game 3-1.
“Looking at regional pairings in the next week or so, we haven’t put ourselves in a great position for that, but we’re confident enough that we can match up with many of the teams there, once we get healthy enough,” said James. “Nothing is going to be easy for this team, but with enough grit and determination, we’re going to be able to make a run against some of the better teams in the state.”
The Fillies had another early game today, May 9, against Pella Chrisitan at 6 p.m.