Week 8 report

The u10 Pink Panthers finished up their regular season with two well-played games. On Thursday, June 3rd, the Pink Panthers took on Northwest. Panther goalies Amie Berndt and Kennadie Arpy made several great saves. The Northwest team had strong and fast feet but our goalies were ready and waiting. The defenders had their work cut out for them as well in a back and forth game. Abbie Molina, Janetta Dawson and Alex McKibben were kept busy chasing down, blocking and stealing the ball from the Northwest offense. Ceora LeClaire and Kassidi Freel scored the only two Panther goals of the game. They came off great passes from fellow attackers Becca Reese, Aricka Lambson and Ali McKibben. This was a very physical game and the most challenging the girls had this season. A bright spot was the communication between players on the field and the game-long intensity they played with. The Panthers kept the "Panther Pack" (parent cheer squad) on the edge of their seats throughout the entire game. It was great win. 

On Saturday, June 5th, the Panthers played Urbandale. Goalies for the game were Aricka Lambson and Ceora. Urbandale scored in the first possession of the game.  Then the Panthers woke up and focused on the skills they learn at practice. Again, there was great passing, communication and positive encouragement. Goals were scored by four different players. Kassidi scored two, Becca scored one, Aricka scored one, and Ceora scored three to give the Panthers a 7-2 win over Urbandale. The defensive attack by Abbie, Janetta Dawson and Alex was great. Ali made several great assists throughout the game.  

The Panthers finished their regular season undefeated. Their next stop is the Kohls America’s Cup in (Ames June 12-13), then the Covered Bridge Tournament (Winterset, June 26th).  Let’s go Pink!

The u10 Thunder Cats took on a seasoned Soccer West team without two players on the final game of the spring season. The scoreboard showed a 5-10 loss, but the Cats played tough, demonstrating some great skill in the attack. Goalies Jonathan Kamerick, Carson True and Michael Comstock took a barrage of shots from the team that featured at least five players as big or bigger than the biggest ‘Cat. The kept some shots out with tough defense deep in their own end, but couldn’t stop the attackers in midfield. The Cats showed unrelenting hustle and precise passing when they had the ball on the attack. Michael Comstock scored first when he attacked a poor clearing pass by the Soccer South defender. In only one half of as an attacker, Jonathan Kamerick scored two goals off picture-perfect crosses from Nate Rowray, and another off a long run up the left side and shot inside the near post. Rowray tallied his own goal with shear determination, attacking a loose ball at the top of the box and faking out two defenders before launching the ball into the lower 90 of the goal. 

The ‘Cats finished the spring season with a respectable 4-2-2 record and head out on the tourney trail to the Kohl’s American Cup (Ames, June 12-13) and Covered Bridge Cup (Winterset, June 25-26).

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