Leah Digmann pushes the ball into the offensive zone during the Bobcats’ match with Wahlert in Epworth, May 18.

Wahlert got goals from three different players as the Golden Eagles handed the Western Dubuque girls’ soccer team a tough 3-1 loss, May 18, in Epworth, pushing the Bobcats’ losing streak to seven games.

The script has pretty much been the same for the Bobcats over those seven games as they have scored just five goals during that stretch and allowed 28 goals. That’s a big difference from the 11-2 goals for and goals against ratio happening for the Bobcats in their five-game winning streak.

“They are definitely battling and they are not giving up. That’s all I expect of them. So we’ll regroup. We’ll fix it and we’ll ready for the next one,” said Cecelia Zangara, head coach. “They have such a strong family mentality. They will do whatever it takes to support each other at all times. Even through the rough patches and they are in a rough patch right now, they will never give up on themselves, a teammate or this team because family doesn’t give up on each other.”

Wahlert Catholic, the ranked fourth in Class 1A, was also struggling before this match. They have lost five of their last seven matches including the last three and that was also when Emma Donovan, the Golden Eagles leading scorer, went down with an injury.

So to shake things up, Wahlert reworked their line-up to score some goals. Ivy Dearstone, the team’s goalkeeper, was pulled out of goal and put into attack mode as a forward. Protecting the net in her place was Amya Lavenz in her second start at goalie.

The Bobcats wasted little time in pushing the action into their offensive end, but Wahlert settled in and pushed back. Less than 10 minutes into the game it was Wahlert who grabbed the 1-0 lead when Maya Wachter’s solid header on a corner kick flew past Faith Krapfl.

Staying on the hunt for goals, Wahlert got another one. With 24:33 left in the half, Allie Kutsch was awarded a free kick that she lobbed over the arms of Krapfl and landed in the goal giving Wahlert a 2-0 advantage.

The Golden Eagles’ move to be offensive paid off again when Wachter controlled a loose ball and found Dearstone on the doorstep for the third goal of the half.

Wahlert’s Mary Kate King proved to be a defensive pest the entire match and followed Faith Bower, the Bobcats’ leading scorer, all over the field and kept her from getting a good shot on goal until Bower took a free kick with 28:21 left to play in the second half. Without King on her heels, Bower curved the ball just inside the left post to make it a 3-1 game.

Western Dubuque continued to attack and was close on many opportunities but still just couldn’t get it past the goalkeeper. Natalie Coyle’s header went just wide and Bower couldn’t connect with a wide-open Sayde Lyons on a corner kick. With seven minutes left in the game, Lyons managed to get a bouncing shot past the goalie, but it hit the left post. No Bobcats were around to pounce on the rebound allowing Wahlert to easily clear the ball out of their defensive zone.

The Bobcats are now 5-8 on the year and 3-6 in the Mississippi Division of the MVC.

Wahlert improved to 8-5 for the year, 4-4 in the MVC and were crowned city champions.

“I think the seniors gave it everything they had tonight and we have one more night here at the Buck to defend ourselves. We’re not done on this field,” said Zangara pointing to June 2 when the Bobcats host Benton Community (6-9) in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs at 5:30 p.m.