WATERLOO — With a brisk wind howling across the frozen pitches at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex Monday night, it was still the place to be for girls’ high school soccer.
With four games on the docket for the Metro Jamboree, it was the third matchup that held an intriguing twist for the annual kickoff to the soccer season.
Cedar Falls took the field with first-year coach Alex Place at the helm. On the other sideline was Annie Place, Alex’s sister and a senior forward for Denver.
“This is a situation that doesn’t happen very often I don’t believe,” Alex said. “I was happy that we got to play against each other in a friendly atmosphere, since there really is no pressure on winning. It is just a jamboree, but I was really happy that it got to be against a great team like Denver and see my sister play, as well.”
In abbreviated play of 20-minute halves, the Tigers and Cyclones battled to a scoreless tie.
“It was quite interesting to play them tonight,” Annie Place said. “We had always talked about playing against each other and with the game ending in a tie there will be no bragging rights for sure.
“I was proud of both teams for playing in such cold temperatures. This team has a bunch of new players and we put some new combinations together and it worked out pretty good.”
As the two teams shook hands at the end of the game, the sisters feigned a handshake and gave each other a hug.
“I kind of knew we would do that,” said Annie with a smile.
Alex Place felt good about the play of her Cedar Falls squad.
“I thought they played well for 40 minutes,” she said. “We threw a new formation at them and I like the way they adapted to the adversity. It was just great to finally get outside and play. It could have been a little warmer, though.”
WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK 4, COLUMBUS 0: Waverly-Shell Rock had plenty of fire as it zipped past Columbus.
The Go-Hawks picked up first-half tallies from Kenzie Roling and Sarah Campbell. Roling added a second goal in the 33rd minute to give the Go-Hawks a 3-0 edge. Hailee Kent rounded out the scoring.
“It was awesome to finally get outside,” Go-Hawks coach Lauren Bauer said. “It was good to play in the open space and see what we put together. We were able to see some of our strengths and we saw places we needed to improve on. We still have a long way to go.”
UNION 0, EAST/WEST 0: The combined East/West squad fought off numerous charges from the Knights and held on for a tie.
“Hey, at least it was dry tonight,” Waterloo coach Chris Worthey said. “It was good to get some play in and just look at the kids to see what we have. We have a good mix of skilled players and speed. I thought our girls did a good job tonight and they are all really excited about the season coming up.”
HUDSON 2, INDEPENDENCE 0: Hudson defeated Independence, 2-0 in the first game of the jamboree.