Six different Tiger girls’ had a hand in ending the game early as A-D-M routed rival Perry by a 10-0 final Tuesday night in Adel.
The two halves were equal in production for the Tigers who ended the first half up 5-0 while tacking on five more goals in the second half to end the game early with 11 minutes still left on the game clock.
Ashlyn Watt had a game to remember by tying her record for goals in a single game with four. Three of her four goals came in the first half including a score just one minute into the contest to take their first and only needed lead of the game. The freshman would tack on two more first half goals including a goal in the 39th minute. Watt would finish her scoring in the 51st minute of action.
Another great performance from the freshman and head coach Kelsey Gaffney spoke about Watts scoring ability after the game.
“She’s got a lot of heart and drive that keeps her going strong every game,” began Gaffney. “She has great ball awareness and she positions herself perfectly in order to get the goal. She’s also great when it comes to those 50/50 balls in the air.”
Fellow freshman Jilia Case and sophomore Delaney Barton would add the two other first half goals to send the Tigers into halftime with the 5-0 lead. What many would call a strong first half, coach Gaffney and the Tigers called the first stanza a half to improve upon.
“We weren’t as strong as we could have been in that first half,” said Gaffney. “We played a solid first half but we needed to pick up the intensity which we’ll need to do come the Waverly tournament this weekend.”
The Tigers opened up the second half with a usual suspect as Izzy LaFollette notched her first of two goals in the 44th minute. LaFollette’s second goal came off of a header from an excellent corner kick. That goal officially tied LaFollette for fourth in the conference in goals scored now with ten total.
The final two goals of the evening came off the feet of Silvia Angel in the 68th minute while freshman Abby Gonzales put up her first goal of the season in phenomenal fashion to end the game, hitting the top right corner of the net.
After the contest, the team captains spoke about the solid win and the difference between the two halves.
“We did a better job in the second half creating triangles to create more passing options especially through the center of the field where we’re strong which really played to our advantage in the second half,” said senior Silvia Angel.
With the shutout, seven out of the Tigers’ nine wins have come via shutout victories. Senior defensive star Sydney Canney talked about the defensive success so far this season.
“Tonight we were really good with our communication and seeing the entire field,” began Canney. “We’ve been good all season with getting to the ball first and having excellent communication which has allowed us to be as successful as we are now.”
With a 10-0 win a great many teams would be content but for the Tigers, they are always hungry and are continually looking to improve. That was fully expressed by the likes of seniors Izzy LaFollette and Jordan Hook.
“The second half of tonight’s game is the way we want to play going forward,” said LaFollette. “Switching up the field in the middle and making the speed of play like a one-two touch keeps everything faster and keeps the opposing teams on their heels.
“Keeping the underdog mentality really helps drive us as well,” began Hook. “From here on out we have to continually play at a high level as it’s all preparation for regionals and state.”
The win now gives the fifth ranked Tigers their seventh consecutive win and a 9-1 record. The win also gives the Tigers their 37th consecutive home victory. Next up for A-D-M will be the annual weekend tournament in Waverly which will begin Saturday, May 12 at 9 a.m.