PHOTO: Emma Lubben controls the ball for Monticello in the regional playoff game May 28 in Dyersville. (Photo by Pete Temple)
By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
Monticello “did not look like a three-win team” this season, girls soccer head coach Bruce Feuling said in assessing the Panthers’ 2013 campaign.
That season came to a close Tuesday, May 28 in Dyersville, where the Beckman Trailblazers scored a 10-0 victory over Monticello.
For the first half, this match looked much better from Monticello’s point of view than the final score indicates. The Panthers trailed just 2-0 at halftime, and had at least one good scoring chance that might have made it closer.
It got out of hand early in the second half. Beckman was awarded a penalty kick, and scored, with 37:54 left in the match. The Blazers scored again just 12 seconds later, when a through ball gave a Beckman player a breakaway, and suddenly the Panthers trailed 4-0.
Beckman went on to score six more times in the half.
“We played tough in the first half. I thought we had a chance to score a goal or two to make it close,” Feuling said. “We did have a few opportunities to score, but the shots just didn’t make it to the net. It seems like that was a common theme throughout the year.”
The Panthers finished with a 3-10 record.
“The defense was strong this year, but the offense never seemed to be consistent in scoring goals,” the coach concluded. “We had a few games where the offense passed the ball well, had shots on goal, but couldn’t get the ball into the net.
“The girls played hard and aggressive.”