The magical season continues for the Western Dubuque girls’ soccer team and the Bobcats’ win streak jumped to four games after collecting two more road wins to improve to 4-1 for the year.
The Bobcats started the week by getting goals from four different players to soundly defeat Central DeWitt, 4-1, in a non-conference battle there, April 19. They closed the week with Olivia Thul scoring her first two goals of the year to secure a 3-0 victory over Hempstead there.
Western Dubuque was very offensive-minded from the opening kick against DeWitt as they assaulted the Sabers’ goal every chance they got. The active legs of the Bobcats peppered DeWitt’s goal 28 times but only eight were on goal. However, the most important thing for the Bobcats was they found the back of the net four times, three of them in the first half as they quickly put the game out of reach.
Leah Digmann scored her first goal while Natalie Coyle and Sayde Lyons both scored their second goals of the year and Faith Bower got her sixth.
Digmann, Bower and Lyons each were credited with assists as goalie Faith Krapfl collected seven saves.
“These girls are taking advantage of every minute that they have on the field. They are super excited to be back playing this game and everyone is just working together,” said coach Cecelia Zangara, about her team’s success so far this season. “It’s just one of those years where everything just seems to click.”
Western Dubuque’s success continued when they traveled to Dubuque to battle Hempstead, a new and nearby foe in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Like they have been doing during their streak, the Bobcats were the first to score thanks to an unassisted goal by Bower.
It was her team-leading seventh goal of the season and it gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead just 16 minutes into the first half. It turned out to be the only goal they needed.
Hempstead continued to battle in the first half and with under 10 minutes to play, created a game-tying chance but the shot went off the crossbar, allowing the Bobcats to go into intermission still up 1-0.
“At halftime, we talked a lot about working together because Hempstead had done a good job of taking away the center of the field, which took away the midfield. So I challenged the outside mids to come out in the second half and Olivia Thul did just that,” said Zangara. “She had a fantastic finish off a great cross by Sydney Hill. I was proud to see Olivia, one our new young girls, come and step up.”
That was Thul’s first goal of the season and it put the Bobcats up 2-0 25 minutes into the second half.
Thul wasn’t done as seven minutes later she was at it again. Bower blasted the ball toward the goal on a free-kick and, after it bounced around a couple of players, Thul deposited it into the back of the net for her second goal of the year.
The Bobcats coasted the final 18 minutes and moved to 2-0 in the Mississippi Division of the MVC.
Krapfl collected eight saves to earn her second shut out of the year.
“They are having a lot of fun, but they know that we have a long way to go,” said Zangara. “We’ve got some good teams coming up so we know we are going to be tested and we look forward to the challenge.”