Fillies spoil A-D-M’s undefeated record in Adel
By Clint Cole
In a game where the home team had the momentum of seven-straight wins and an undefeated record to start the season, it was the visiting team who celebrated the victory when the final horn sounded.
The No. 10 Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ soccer team beat a previously undefeated A-D-M girls’ soccer team, who went into the game with a No. 11 ranking, by a score of 2-1 after junior Allison O’Brien scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute at A-D-M Stadium in Adel on May 1.
The Fillies (5-3) and the Tigers (7-1) were conference opponents last season, but with DC-G leaving the Raccoon River Conference for the Little Hawkeye Conference this season, this was a non-conference game for both teams.
“[A-D-M] is a big rival for DC-G,” DC-G coach Dan James said after the win. “It’s not a conference game anymore, but… our girls, a lot of them play club ball together and that sort of thing… Tonight was a little more excitement getting a win over [A-D-M] especially when the kids know each other and that sort of thing.”
The Fillies looked like they might be in trouble and the Tigers looked like they might be on to an eighth-straight win early in the game as Sydney Bertman put the Tigers on top 1-0 in the fourth minute as she carried the ball through the defenders and scored unassisted.
“I thought the first half was by far the best we have played yet,” first-year A-D-M coach Kelsey Dolder said. “I think if we play like that we will have great success. We just need to keep playing like that in the second half. We just kind of let down a little bit and they kind of took over a little bit.”
The Tigers were up 1-0 at the end of the first half, but the Fillies tied the match up early in the second half as Claire Rummel of DC-G put the ball in the back of the net, tying the match 1-1 before O’Brien’s game-winner in the 67th minute, which came off of a rebound from a Jaci Finley shot, from distance, that hit off the top post.
For A-D-M goalkeeper Abby Daly, the two DC-G goals in the match were just the second and third goals she’s given up so far this season through the first eight games.
Going into the match 7-0 and ranked No. 11, the Tigers were hoping to improve their ranking with the match against the Fillies.
“It would’ve helped us in rankings a little bit, and looking at the postseason a little bit if we would’ve won this game, but we have a lot of good competitors coming up, we just have to keep looking towards the future,” Dolder said.
After a game against Boone on Monday, the Tigers’ next game will be on the road against Winterset on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.
The Fillies played Oskaloosa on Tuesday and their next match will be on the road against Grinnell on May 13 at 7 p.m.
A-D-M v.s. Boone
The Tigers got back on track on Monday against Boone with a blowout 6-1 win on the road.
Senior Caroline Maher and junior Emily Hofmann had two goals each in the game while freshman Allie Cook and senior Sarah Koch also had goals. Sydney Bertman had two assists while Madison Bertman had one assist.
Daly allowed just one goal and made three saves in the win for the Tigers.
DC-G v.s. Oskaloosa
The Fillies kept rolling in their next game which was against Oskaloosa on the road on Tuesday night. The Fillies blew out Oskaloosa by a score of 7-0 and improved their record to 6-3 on the season.
Addy Rosa and Cammie Madsen split the goalkeeping duties with Rosa playing 50 minutes and making three saves and Madsen playing 30 minutes.