WATERLOO, Iowa --- Adding another dimension to your arsenal is always a plus.
For Cedar Falls Tigers girls soccer coach Beth Huber, installing the addition during Thursday nights tilt with Waterloo West was a daring move that paid off in a 2-0 victory at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex.
“We had a game plan of bringing the ball down the side and working on scoring off our crosses,” Huber explained. “We know we can go down the middle but we needed to practice on getting the ball to the middle. It was not always our best chances of scoring as we were not hitting the ball that well,” Huber continued. “But I was pretty pleased right from the beginning with the way the girls carried out our game plan.”
Part of the plan did not include the opening score for the Tigers, as they applied heavy pressure down low, which resulted in an own goal by the Wahawks, giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage in the fifth minute of the game.
The Tigers (7-4) continued their attacks from the side throughout the first half and finally cashed in with their efforts as senior Jordan Weichers beat Wahawks netminder Taylor Trost to the post for a 2-0 lead.
“I thought our girls played their best game of the year by far tonight,” Wahawks coach Brittney Lund said. “The girls were connecting on their passes and playing great defense all night.
“The own goal we gave up did not bother the girls that much, really, and they were not going to let that stop us,” Lund added. “We are still an unexperienced team up top as we were missing some key players, but the girls worked hard all game and showed great improvement.”
The Wahawks missed the play of junior forward Macy Kosar, who has been recuperating from a hamstring injury.
“I thought we had a lot of girls that just came out and played very hard,” Lund continued. “Courtney Richman for instance is just like her sister who graduated last year. They are very unselfish and give up the ball. Sometimes though I would like to see her take those shots.”
The Wahawks did not take many shots as they fired off six on goal, with each one being smothered by keeper Sophie Perez.
The Tigers on the other hand attacked Trost with 18 shots — many coming from close range — and Trost buried without incident.
“I was very pleased with our game plan and the effort by our girls,” Huber said. “West just played us hard the whole time and made it very difficult on us with their pressure.
“I think some of our girls get in close and get a little too excited and their adrenaline makes it easy for them to just blast the ball over the post or even a little wide,” Huber explained. “We just need to settle down and make those shots count.
“We are starting a run against some really tough teams like Iowa City West (Tuesday) and they are extremely skilled and tactically sound. They play quickly and we need to have fresh legs and stay with them.” Huber said.
The Wahawks (1-9) are back in action Saturday as they travel to Waverly to take on the Go-Hawks.