In what was a defensive battle, it took all of 70 minutes and 31 seconds of game action before the A-D-M/Van Meter girls’ soccer team pulled out a 1-0 victory in Gilbert on Tuesday.
It was a battle of ranked teams as the Class 2A third ranked A-D-M/Van Meter squad took a 0-0 tie into halftime and all the way up to 29 seconds left in regulation with Class 1A’s eighth ranked Gilbert.
The visiting Tigers had a slow start offensively but came alive late in half number two, highlighted by A-D-M/Van Meter freshmen Ashlynn Watt and Julia Case. With under 30 seconds to go, Watt put in an excellent cross to the top of the six where fellow freshman Case was there and tapped the ball into the back of the net for the winning goal.
The low scoring, down to the wire affair showcased some great defense from the likes of Delaney Bertman who had three saves on the night as well as Sydney Canney, Silvia Angel, Jordan Hook, Sara Reis and other defensive stars as noted by head coach Kelsey Gaffney.
The great defensive play last night wasn’t the first time that great defense has been on the minds of Tiger players, in fact it’s been a staple for A-D-M/Van Meter soccer all along. A-D-M/Van Meter seniors Sydney Canney and Izzy LaFollette talked earlier in the season about the power of defense.
“If you don’t have a strong defense it’s hard to win games,” said Canney. “If the other team can’t score they can’t win and it makes the game a little easier.”
Future UNI star and offensive powerhouse Izzy LaFollette shared those thoughts.
“When the defense is strong the offense is strong as well,” began LaFollette. “A good defense can easily transition into a good offense and just make the whole team better.”
The Tigers are now 2-1 on the young season and will have both their offense and their defense put to the test this weekend as they welcome in a twelve team field for the annual A-D-M girls soccer invite.
The Tigers will be involved both days with Friday bringing a match up against Des Moines Hoover at 6:30 pm inside Tiger Stadium. A-D-M/Van Meter’s second match up of the tournament will come on Saturday, April 21st against 13th ranked Newton at 9 a.m. followed by their third match up with will also come on Saturday, April 21 against Class 1A sixth ranked Bishop Heelan at 3 p.m.