NEWTON — Defense continues to be a mainstay for the Class 2A 11th-ranked Newton Cardinal girls. Newton’s girls improved to 10-1 on the soccer field with a 2-0 victory over visiting Marshalltown Thursday at H.A. Lynn Stadium.
The Cardinals scored twice in the first half and that’s all they needed. Goalkeeper Emily Forsyth denied the Bobcats shot after shot, amassing 11 saves.
“Our defense had another great game, Michaela (Jacobsen) especially,” said Cathy Reiter, Newton head coach. With new people in the back, Michaela has really stepped up. She is not only playing really well herself, but she is communicating so well to the rest of our defense and being a huge leader for us. Emily saw a lot of action and made some really good saves.”
Taylor Moon scored 11 minutes into the game. Reiter said Ryanne Rausch broke away down the field, then played a perfect slotted ball across the goal that Moon kicked in.
Rausch was at the right place and the right time for the second goal nine minutes later. Reiter said Hannah Rhoads played a ball into the box that the Bobat goalie misjudged. The ball bounced over the goalie’s head and a defender was there , Rausch had followed the ball and was able to win it and score.
Newton’s soccer team was missing players, who also compete for the NHS track team, Thursday. The track athletes were at the state qualifying meet.
“With three track starters being gone, other girls really stepped up and did their jobs on the field,” Reiter said. “It was a great team win for us.”
The Cardinals play at Adel-DeSoto-Minburn today.