Nathan Fricke scored two goals to help Dallas Center-Grimes topple Perry 2-1 on Monday.
Fricke’s first came with just 6 minutes left in the second half, assisted by Justin Gardner, to tie the game at one. His second, in the second overtime, proved to be the game winner.
The victory snapped the Mustangs’ brief three-game skid, which included a 10-0 loss to Johnston and a 4-0 loss to Glenwood at the Johnston Invitational on April 6. The team also dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to Norwalk on April 4.
Their season began with a 1-0 victory over Ballard on April 1 in Grimes. With three minutes left, Andrew Kramer corralled a rebound and booted it into the corner of the net to help Dallas Center-Grimes turn away the Bombers.
"It was great to get that win, and especially against a conference foe," said DC-G coach Scott Newel.
The Mustangs strung together attack after attack in the closing minutes, seven of which that were either stopped by Ballard goalkeeper Alexander Silberstein or just missed the mark.
But in the 77th minute, Kramer came through, after taking possession of a blocked shot by Adam Ewalt. The Mustangs recorded 13 total shots, including four by Fricke, and goalkeeper Dylan Michael stopped three shots.
"The way we played in the second half is indicative of how we want to play: controlling the tempo with as much pressure in our attacking third as possible," Newel said.
DC-G, which went 12-4 last season and reached the substate finale, is tasked with replacing eight players in the starting lineup from last year’s team.
"With our personnel and the system that we run, I believe that we will be very competitive this year," Newel said. "We have a lot of young guys who are stepping up to take on roles that have to be filled from last year, accompanied by a great core of returning starters which creates a good dynamic for this season."