Waukee girls’ soccer extended its mighty win streak on Friday, May 6 against Southeast Polk. The Warriors won the home matchup by a score of 3-0 and maintained control throughout the night.
Southeast Polk was able to fend off Waukee early in the match, including a nice save about seven minutes into the contest.
The Warriors continued to apply pressure, though, and Jori Nieman found the back of the net with less than 17 minutes to go in the first half. At halftime, the scoreboard displayed 1-0 in Waukee’s favor.
"The keys to tonight were being more physical and more intense than the opponent," said Waukee coach Tony Gabriel. "Southeast Polk is well-coached, and they always play a physical match with us, so we always have to expect that. We did really well with that and eliminating any threat from them."
In the second half, the Warriors’ physicality was prominent. Macy Miller scored a goal on a penalty kick about halfway through the second period.
With 18:03 remaining in the match, Maya Olson scored to give Waukee a 3-0 advantage, which would prove to be the final score. Rachel Hawley and Allie Williams each recorded an assist in the contest.
Gabriel said the team takes some pieces from every game and learns from them. He said Waukee aims to build off successes and find opportunities to grow.
At this point in the year, as the regular season nears its end, the Warriors will begin to rest up for postseason play. Gabriel said the girls need to realize the importance of rest and hydration.
As a whole, the coach said the season has gone really well so far.
"We have a lot of new faces and a lot of new roles and responsibilities," Gabriel said. "We started the season playing three of the best teams in the state, and we had to grow up real quick. And we did, and we’re on an 11-game win streak, so very happy about where we’re at right now."
The Warriors took down Ames at home on Tuesday and head to Ankeny on Friday. To round out the regular season, Waukee faces Valley and Johnston at home.