Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
SIOUX CITY-One of the better defensive teams in recent Western Christian girls’ soccer history had trouble in that department Wednesday, May 23, falling 6-0 to Sioux City East in the final regular-season game of the 2018 season.
The first goal for Sioux City East came off a penalty kick with 17 minutes remaining. After that, the home team did not let up, scoring five more goals to end the game.
“The first goal was off a PK around the 17-minute mark and after that it sort of went downhill. Our defending as a whole was not our greatest out of this entire season. We were allowing them to dribble right through us and allowing them to have slotted balls, which are dangerous balls to be played,” said Western Christian coach Danni Havens.
Havens felt the offense was good for the first 20 minutes of this contest, but noted the Wolfpack really had a tough time getting anything going.
“We were strong in the first 20 minutes in the first half and had some opportunities in the half. However, we were not making the right decisions and our first touch was off. Lacking both is really hard to make something happen offensively,” Havens said. “As you can tell by the stats, we had two shots and one shot on goal with no corner kicks. Offensively, we struggled last night.”
Western Christian now has work to do before its Class 1A Region 1 tournament game with Sioux Center Tuesday, May 29.
“Overall, this game helped show what we need to work on as a team in order to be prepared for the tournament next week. This was not the best game we have played and we know we can do better than what was shown against Sioux City East,” Havens said.
April Van Tol was back in at keeper after being out with a concussion. She had 14 saves in 20 opportunities.