By Sam Martin
Dallas Center-Grimes’ defense buckled down and held off a second-half charge from A-D-M to win 1-0 on April 25 in Grimes, giving the No. 5 Fillies a win in their final conference matchup with No. 6 A-D-M.
Allison O’Brien provided the lone goal in the 21st minute, booting a deep drive into the back of the net.
"She found an opening and got that ball high and over Mallory (Shultze’s) head," said DC-G coach Dan James. "That was the difference in the game, just a quick trigger on her part."
DC-G made the slim lead stick in the second half, withstanding a flurry of A-D-M offensive attacks. The Fillies held off six Tiger scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half, and withstood a second rally with 90 seconds left in the game to keep the Tigers off the board. Lauren O’Brien finished with nine saves.
"No.5 and 6 playing, that’s the way the game should be battled to the end there," James said. "It was a game that could’ve gone either way tonight. Fortunately, we took advantage of the one, and our girls played their hearts out that last part of the game to hold them off."
The victory was DC-G’s seventh in eight games this season, and fourth in a row. O’Brien and Rachel McCarthy each had three shots on goal, and sophomore Jaci Finley finished with two.
The Fillies will depart next fall for the Little Hawkeye Conference, but both James and A-D-M coach Al Hofmann are hopeful that the rivalry will continue next season in a nonconference format. DC-G won on penalty kicks in 2012, and A-D-M won a 1-0 decision in 2011.
"Absolutely," Hofmann said. "We want to continue to face DC-G, and we hope that they’ll want to continue to play us."
James said that given the Little Hawkeye schedule, he doesn’t anticipate many nonconference matches next year, but he is hopeful that A-D-M is still on the schedule.
"This is a game that I expect to see on our schedule for several years to come," he said. "It’s a good rivalry and it’s a very competitive game. It’s good for Adel and for our girls to have such a rivalry with two quality teams playing each other."
Hofmann, though, hopes for another shot this season. That would come in either the postseason tournament, or at the state tournament in Des Moines. Both schools reached state last season.
"I hope we’re in an opportunity where we can play them again," Hofmann said. "We have to set our sights on the rest of the season, and getting back to the state tournament is definitely our goal"