By SCOTT JACKSON
Courier sports writer
---- — OTTUMWA — In a lot of ways, Doug Seigle has seen his Indian Hills men’s soccer team make positive strides in 2013.
“Where we’ve come from at the beginning of the season to now is steps and bounds improved,” Seigle said. “We’ve done better with the possession of the ball. We work on it every day and we continue to get better at it.”
Unfortunately for Seigle, what the Warriors are still lacking as a team is an ability to translate that improved play into the flow of a game. Right now, it’s the major factor keeping IHCC from improving the results on the scoreboard when match time arrives.
“The problem is, we still have a lot of nervous people out there on the field,” Seigle said. “We can do positive things in practice. We can do positive things at times during the games. As soon as we get a little nervous and get under a little bit of pressure and get a little flustered, that technique breaks down and we start making simple mistakes. That’s what other teams are capitalizing on right now.”
Marshalltown became the latest team to capitalize on several Warrior miscues on Wednesday, turning a few missed stops by IHCC defenders into first-half goals as the Tigers opened a 3-0 lead by halftime. Things only continued to snowball in the second half as the goal-scoring chances got easier and easier, leading to a six-goal barrage in an 18-minute span to cap a 10-0 victory at the Indian Hills soccer field.
That late surge by the Tigers disappointed Seigle more than anything else. It wasn’t a surge that came due to mistakes or overly-aggressive play that opened up the field for Marshalltown.
In fact, according to Seigle, the net opened up for the Tigers mostly due to the exact opposite type of play by the Warriors.
“We just started losing our focus when things started going downhill for us in the second half,” Seigle said. “I thought we had a good first half even though we had a couple of mistakes that led to a couple of goals, but I thought the effort was there. In the second half, I think we just folded as a team.
“We had several individuals step up as a team, but we don’t have the consistency of all 11 players working hard for each other. A couple people work hard and couple people are trying to take it easy out there.”
In the 11 days since losing to third-ranked Iowa Western in its last home match, IHCC lost a second half lead at Scott and dropped a 4-0 shutout at Iowa Lakes. Both matches appeared to show that the Warriors were indeed making strides as they returned to the home pitch looking for the first win of 2013.
IHCC went back and forth with the Tigers early on in the contest, coming up just shy of stopping a pass by Juanki Carrillo from getting to Ralph Duopu who took the feed and beat Warrior goalkeeper Nathan Hoselton in the 11th minute of the match. That remained the only goal of the game for most of the opening half as both teams took turns trying to set up counters.
Finally, after Warrior sophomore Sam Puchella brought out an injury stoppage in the 27th minute, Seigle decided to see if his team could catch the Tigers with an aggressive push for the game-tying goal.
Instead, Marshalltown made a stop and countered back quickly. John Krause completed the quick counter attack by feeding Marcus Boehler for the second goal of the game in the 28th minute.
“The game is full of emotional tides. There’s up swings where people get momentum and move forward,” Seigle said “Marshalltown’s goal I think was to try and keep things even keel. Keep emotions out of it and keep working the ball around. There were times in return that we needed to pick up that emotion and instead I think we took those opportunities to take breaks. You can’t do that when you’re down in the match.”
Seemingly any hopes for IHCC were dashed as Jose Gomez scored his first of three goals seconds before the end of the first half to put Marshalltown up 3-0. Krause then added a goal on Carrillo’s second assist two minutes into second half, putting the Tigers up 4-0.
Back-to-back goals by Hernan Lopez in a five-minute span started the match-clinching rally for Marshalltown, who improved to 8-2-1 overall on the season and 4-1 in Region XI. Carrillo added a penalty kick and Andrew Valett put home a very popular goal for the Tiger bench in the 78th minute, so much so that the Tiger sophomore earned a Gatorade bath from his jubilant teammates after the match was over.
Seigle hopes he doesn’t have to wait long to see his team be able to celebrate after a match in 2013. The next chance for the Warriors (0-8, 0-5) will come back at home on Saturday in another regional contest against NIACC at 2 p.m.
“This has been one of the most frustrating seasons I’ve had so far as a head coach just because we haven’t been able to learn how to fight hard for each other yet and we don’t have the numbers to not deal with making those types of stupid mistakes,” Seigle said. “We have to learn from our mistakes. I can learn from mistakes as long as we learn from them. NIACC’s the most important game now just because it’s the next one and the next chance for us to prove we’re better than what we’ve shown.”
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MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Marshalltown 10, Indian Hills 0
Marshalltown 3 7 — 10
Indian Hills 0 0 — 0
Marshalltown — Ralph Duopu goal (Juanki Carrillo assist), 11:00.
Marshalltown — Marcus Boehler goal (John Krause assist), 28:00.
Marshalltown — Jose Gomez goal (Bill Baye assist), 44:00.
Marshalltown — Krause goal (Carrillo assist), 47:00.
Marshalltown — Hernan Lopez goal (Carrillo assist), 63:00.
Marshalltown — Lopez goal (Duopu assist), 68:00.
Marshalltown — Gomez goal (Chester Killen assist), 73:00.
Marshalltown — Carrillo penalty kick goal, 76:00.
Marshalltown — Andrew Valett goal (Killen assist), 78:00.
Marshalltown — Gomez goal (Duopu assist), 81:00.
Marshalltown: Total Shots — 24 (Carrillo 6). Total Saves — 4 (Andrew Waterfall 3). Total Fouls — 8.
Indian Hills: Total Shots — 4 (4 tied with 1). Total Saves — 10 (Nathan Hoselton 10). Total Fouls — 6 (Yellow Cards – Jeremy Stufflebeam and Richard Rugabisha).