WATERLOO — So far, so good for the Cedar Falls boys’ soccer team.
Tuesday night at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex, the Tigers squeezed out a 1-0 victory over a tough Dubuque Wahlert team to improve to 4-0 on the season — all by shutout.
“It is really not me as much as it is our defense,” senior goalkeeper Sam Burken said. “I give them all the credit. They have played fantastic.
“Benny Bundi, Nathan Le, Chimzim Ogbondah and Brady Tyler have been there for every ball and have made the plays. All these guys on defense have made it happen and that makes it so much easier on me. They take those shots to the legs, back, and everywhere else keeping the ball from going in.”
Le scored in the 52nd minute to give Cedar Falls the lead. Burken then did his part in protecting it, including a pair of saves on penalty kicks.
“I will admit I get a little nervous and I know if it gets by them I have to get that ball,” said Burken, who has defended the net in all four wins. “But with them in front my confidence builds with every attack. It also helps when we can get the lead first.”
Le, a sophomore middle, escaped to the left side unattended, and roamed the sideline after receiving a pass. He saw an opportunity from 25 yards out and let fly a long-range blast that found the side of the net for the only goal of the game.
“Every time I am on that left side I just feel the need to take the shot,” said Le. “No one was on me so I just took the shot and wanted to make sure it was at least on frame. It just made it past the post and I thought that would really give us the momentum. We took a lot of shots but they were just not going in.
“Right now I would have to say our defense is our strong suit, and they played great tonight.”
With no clock visible on the field, the final minutes seemed like hours for head coach Spencer Steffy as the Eagles charged the Tigers’ net often in those final moments.
“I think in the second half, Wahlert really put together some good runs,” Steffy said. “Our defense is pretty solid and our back line has really taken big steps and they have been very impressive so far.
“We still need to improve on getting more goals. There just seems like a little piece missing right now, whether that be an extra touch or just a higher volume of shots.
“The confidence is building and we need to be a little more on our toes. We are very happy to be 4-0 right now, but we just have to keep on creating those chances for goals. The schedule gets tougher and we will need to have more points.”