OTTUMWA — It wasn't an auspicious beginning for the Ottumwa girls soccer team who had had the unfortunate task of starting the season against soccer Goliath Ankeny.
The Hawkettes looked and sounded like domination in their 10-0 win over the Bulldogs Monday at Eric Wertheim Field.
"Ankeny's a good team and they always have been and they probably always will be," Averi Cash said. "We just have to take the positives of what we did tonight and learn from our experience and just put on Osky tomorrow."
Cash put forth an inspired effort early on, making a number of terrific saves. But, the Hawkettes unending attacks on the goals finally rendered Ankeny its first goal. And, after that, the floodgates really opened. The Hawkettes went on to rip off seven more goals before the first half came to an end.
"I kind of knew it was going to be that way," Cash said. "It was like that when we played them last year so it really wasn't a surprise. So I definitely had to stay on my toes."
Toward the end of the first half, Ottumwa, who wasn't ever able to muster much offense in the game, did get more aggressive on both sides of the field.
"I think we kind of shook off some jitters and nervousness and we started to play a lot harder," McKenzie said. We were attacking the ball, we were playing better defensively and I think we really putting a bit more pressure on them, which we really weren't doing for much of the first half. They still scored a couple goals but they had to work for it instead of being given easy opportunities."
The Bulldogs more aggressive play carried over in the second half, but it wasn't enough to slow down Ankeny, which ripped off two more goals to pick up the victory.