Panther blank Anamosa in opening match

Gracie Tuel of Monticello (center, in white) battles with an Anamosa player for the ball in the April 1 match in Anamosa. At left is Caroline Olson of the Panthers. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Rylee Bauer of the Panthers (17) hustles the ball upfield in the Anamosa match. At right is Monticello teammate Jordan Lorenzen.
Pete Temple
Express Sports Editor

     It’s nice to get that first win. Especially when it’s the first match.

     The Monticello girls soccer team opened its season with a 1-0 shutout April 1 at Anamosa, making a late first half goal by Gracie Tuel stand.

     “She was in the right place at the right time,” Monticello coach Bruce Feuling said. “Someone passed, it bounced off an Anamosa player, and (Tuel) was right there and shot it right in.”

     The veteran defense of the Panthers, and goalkeeper Lydia Lange, kept the Blue Raiders off the scoreboard to preserve the win.

     “I’m pleased with the way they passed the ball, and our defense played very well,” Feuling said. “We limited their shots on goal, which was good.”

     Lange made six saves in the match. Monticello had just three shots on goal, but made one of those count.

     Things didn’t go as well in the Panthers’ second match of the season, a 7-0 loss at Northeast of Goose Lake April 2.

     “The game did not go as well as we had hoped, but we were able to get all the girls valuable playing time at the varsity level,” Feuling said.

     Northeast scored four goals in the first half, and three in the second. Lange made seven saves.

     The Panthers were limited to four shots on goal, including two by Caroline Olson and one each by Hailey Wilson and Tuel.



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