“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.”