So far, it appears Adel-DeSoto-Minburn/Van Meter girls’ soccer can’t be stopped. No team has found a way to put a blemish on the Tigers’ undefeated season.
A-D-M has shut out most of its opponents this spring. That trend continued Tuesday night at Island Park in Adel, when the Tigers defeated Perry, 4-0. It was the team’s 11th straight victory.
A-D-M scored its first goal late in the first half. In the 35th minute, junior Allie Cook found the back of the net to make the score 1-0.
The Tigers were able to find their stride in the second half against Perry, and they maintained control the rest of the night.
"We started to have better spacing in the second half, and that really opened up the field," said A-D-M coach Kelsey Gaffney. "We had a lot of great opportunities in the second half to score."
In the 47th minute, Sydney Bertman scored her first of two goals off a rebounded shot from Anna Kenny.
Later in the second half, Chelsea Bright put a ball past the goalie to extend A-D-M’s lead to 3-0.
The final goal of the contest came in minute 75, when Bertman scored off a Cook assist. Bertman said the team needed to finish its attempts at goals in the second half.
"We didn’t have a great first half," Bertman said. "So at halftime we talked a lot about communicating and connecting, especially since (Perry’s) so aggressive and just spreading out the field."
As a whole, the A-D-M junior thinks the Tigers work well together and work hard against every opponent.
"We’re just trying to stay strong and hold onto our confidence because we got some tough teams this weekend and on Friday," Bertman said.
Gaffney said the Tigers are excited. Not many teams have the chance to go undefeated. The coach said A-D-M possesses the desire to get it done.
"The girls have really wanted it," Gaffney said. "We’ve been working very hard in practice, and I think everything we’ve been working on the last few years since I’ve gotten here is finally starting to connect in the games."
On Friday, the Tigers face Newton in another home contest. Over the weekend, A-D-M will hit the road to play in a tournament at Waverly-Shell Rock Soccer Complex.
Gaffney said A-D-M is going to be challenged this week with quality opponents. With four games in about 24 hours, the Tigers will have plenty of opportunities to prepare for postseason competition.