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Lady Spartans triumph in rain

Defeat Regina 2-1

SOLON– The wind howled through the cables of the handrail at Spartan Stadium making ominous organ like noises, as the bluster and temps made the regular season end for the Lady Spartans much like it began. But Solon would not be daunted, triumphing over the Iowa City Regina Regals, 2-1, after trailing 1-0 at the half on Tuesday, May 21, at Spartan Stadium.
The first half saw the wind favoring the Regals and they capitalized, scoring before the end of the first half on a kick by Claire Gaarde, while the Lady Spartans struggled against the strong wind. But the winds favored the Lady Spartans in the second half, and as the heavens opened up and showered on the players, Solon scored.
“Calista (Haasl) and Stella (Mesch) came out strong with high pressure and both were able to get a goal for the night,” Head Coach Amanda Paulson recapped. “Calista scored first with 18 minutes remaining in the second half and Stella put in the second one with 7 minutes remaining.”
She elaborated, “When you are down, 1-0, at half there is always some concern, but I knew the wind would help us in the second half. Against the wind, I coached the girls to keep the ball low and focus on possession rather than kicking the ball over the top.”
That they did in the second half, claiming the victory as the defense, aided by the wind, held the Regals scoreless.
“In the second half, the girls came out hard and controlled the first 10-15 minutes of the game,” Coach Paulson added. “We knew the wind would help us play the through ball to our forwards.
Regina claimed nine shots against the Lady Spartans, five on goal and only one resulting in a score courtesy of Gaarde. Their keeper Stephanie Stenger clocked 80 minutes in front of the goal with 12 saves and allowing two points.
Sylvia Havlicek made four shots, three on goal; Nicole Schafer fired twice, once on goal; Hannah Bock made one shot; Calista Haasl fired once on goal, scoring; Stella Mesch matched Haasl’s success also scoring; and Kenzie Pentico took aim at the goal once. Keeper Brenna Gogel served 80 minutes defending the goal allowing one score and amassed four saves.
“Kenzie Pentico had a great game and played aggressive and with a lot of heart,” commended Coach Paulson. “I also thought Presley Philipp had a great game and distributed the ball well in the midfield.”
She continued, “It's always a great feeling to get a win at home, especially on senior night and in the last regular season game. This win will give us confidence as we move forward into postseason. I am proud of all of our seniors and the leadership and work ethic they have shown this season. We are graduating seven girls, five of which are varsity players.”
The Lady Spartans were scheduled to face Mediapolis on Tuesday, May 28, at Spartans Stadium in Coach Paulson’s first postseason appearance leading Solon. The Lady Spartans enter Spartan Stadium with a 6-12 record while Mediapolis was 5-7 record (according to quikstatsiowa.com on May 23) with a game to be recorded May 23 following a string of four straight losses.
“I am just starting to look at this team and their strengths and weaknesses,” Coach Paulson said. “We hope to build on this win as we move into postseason play against Mediapolis.”
Solon Stats courtesy of quikstatsiowa.com for Solon’s 2-1 victory over Iowa City Regina on May 21:
Solon 2, Iowa City 1.
Points- Calista Hassl 1, Stella Mesch 1.
Shots- Sylvia Havlicek 4, Nicole Shafer 2, Hannah Bock 1, Haasl 1, Mesch 1, Kenzie Pentico 1.
Shots on goal- Havlicek 3, Haasl 1, Mesch 1, Shafer 1.