If you like defensive battles then Tuesday night’s contest between Class 2A 11th ranked Dallas Center-Grimes and the third-ranked Pella girls soccer was the game for you.
From a 1-0 halftime deficit, the Fillies tied up the contest at 1-1 before entering their fourth overtime contest of the 2019 campaign. Within the confines of DC-G Stadium, the Fillies kept the defensive battle going all the way into overtime penalty kicks where they won in a shootout 5-4, thus securing a 2-1 victory and the team’s fourth straight conference victory.
The first half was nothing more than an unusual goose egg on the scoreboard for the Fillies while the visiting Pella Lady Dutch managed an early goal that held through the half in a 1-0 advantage over DC-G. Senior star Maddie Duey and last years top scorer (eight goals) did the honors of equalizing the game with her third goal of the 2019 season. She did so in the nick of time as a mere 13 minutes remained on the regulation clock. It was arguably the biggest turning point in the game and a goal that had head coach Dan James quite happy after the game.
“That goal was big and we really needed it,” began James. “That really helped not only keep us in the game but turn things around offensively because up until that point we were having a hard time finding open shots and being as productive as we’ve normally been within the ten yard box.”
That highlighted what was a strong night for the senior with one goal scored and two overall points for the contest.
Defense continued to reign supreme throughout the initial overtime frame, forcing a second overtime frame that still wasn’t enough to decide a victor. The Fillies and the Lady Dutch then went into overtime penalty kicks to finally decide a victor. When the dust settled on the penalty kick time frame, the Fillies were left standing as they bested the Lady Dutch 5-4.
Overall it was a fantastic defensive effort on both sides, arguably more so for the Fillies as they held a Pella squad averaging over three goals per game just one goal throughout regulation plus two overtime frames. The Fillies became just the second team throughout this entire season so far to hold the third-ranked Lady Dutch under two goals scored. It was a defensive effort that will most likely be a highlight point for coach James and his staff moving forward.
“To hold a team like Pella to just one goal is quite an accomplishment,” began James. “We really stayed home and didn’t over-pursue but didn’t get caught reacting to plays, we were in great defensive position all night long. Also, it was a fantastic job done by Dakota Miles, without her great play tonight we may not have been able to put ourselves in a position to win.”
The win puts officially puts the Fillies in double digits as that marks their tenth win of the 2019 campaign. It marks the third time in the past five seasons that the DC-G girls’ soccer team has captured ten wins or more in a single season. Next up on the docket for the Fillies will be a road trip to Norwalk on Tuesday, May 14 followed by their final road trip of the season on Friday, May 17 at Nevada. The regular season for the Fillies will wrap up at home as they battle Newton on Tuesday, May 21.