It was a clean two-game sweep for the Dallas Center-Grimes girls soccer team Saturday, April 6 in Council Bluffs.
In all, it was a 24 team tournament that included ten ranked teams across Class 1A, Class 2A, and Class 3A. For the 11th ranked Fillies, their two opponents for the weekend included 2A 14th ranked Glenwood and Class 3A 15th ranked Sioux City East. The Fillies came out strong in both contests, besting Glenwood 4-1 while sliding by Sioux City East 1-0 and behind both wins as head coach Dan James describes, is pure motivation.
“After the North Polk loss we came out a lot hungrier for Saturday’s games,” began James. ” We knew both games would be very good competition and that we’d have to play much better and our girls ended up responding well.”
The Glenwood contest didn’t start out as the Fillies had hoped, trailing 1-0 thanks to a penalty kick from a handball. Much like a veteran team would, the Fillies pulled through for two goals of their own just five minutes after suffering their only deficit of the contest. That gave DC-G a 2-1 advantage heading into halftime which they continued within the second half. Ball control was the name of the game in the second half for the Fillies as they kept Glenwood without much opportunity at the goal, meanwhile notching two more goals offensively. Overall, the scoring duties were spread out across four individuals including Maddie Duey, Sydney Smith, Sami Sterbenz, and Corryn Wiggins.
Game number two on the day presented perhaps one of the toughest opponents the Fillies could face all season. DC-G was up against 3A power Sioux City East at the Gale Wickersham Complex. East, a five-time state qualifier, earned top ten marks in shots on goal and goals scored in Class 3A last season. It was a big upcoming match-up which wasn’t lost on the likes of coach James and the Fillies.
“We knew Sioux City East had been to the state tourney multiple times in the past few years in the biggest class, so we knew the game would be challenging,” stated James. “We knew we’d have to put in one of our better performances of the season so far in order to beat them.”
Last season, the defense was a high priority for the Fillies with just 19 goals allowed all season. Saturday against East, that stingy defense may have very well won them the contest in what was a defensive showcase. Both teams had trouble finding their way to the 15 and 20-yard boxes let alone finding a clean shot to take. It was a back and forth defensive match up with no goal in sight until senior Zoey Chumbley finishes off a strong corner kick from Sydney Smith with a header. That goal, with under ten minutes left in regulation, ended up being all the Fillies would need for the win. It was a victory that coach James was really pleased with.
“Our girls responded great against East and we controlled possession for the majority of the game,” began James. “It was nice to see how this team can handle strong defensive games like this.”
Overall, it was a weekend that showed a lot of strength by the Fillies, and a lot more positives than just a pair of wins to take home for coach James.
“I was really impressed with how we scored this weekend,” said James. “We had five goals all scored by different players and it was nice to see the scoring distributed. That will probably be how our season goes this year, I see a lot of scoring by committee.”
The Fillies have scored five goals through the first three games of the season and now yield a record of 2-1. The Fillies will have a chance to pad on to the win column with their next contest which takes them to Oskaloosa High School on Tuesday, April 9. The contest will begin with first kick at 5:30 p.m.