Durr scores 9 goals
TAMA– Solon’s Josie Durr scored all the goals in a 9-0 soccer win over South Tama April 7.
That’s something that hasn’t been done in school history, according to Solon Lady Spartan head coach John Tucker.
“Not sure if that has ever been done before (in the state),” Tucker noted in an email.
The road win bumped Solon’s record to 2-1. The Lady Spartans are No. 9 in Class 1A, according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rankings released April 5. Solon has outscored its opponents 20-1 in its two wins.
The loss came at home April 6 against 10th-ranked (3A) Muscatine, 5-1.
A stiff wind blew against the Lady Spartans in the first half of that match, and Muscatine took advantage, scoring all five of its goals in the first period.
“It was actually a pretty good half even with the score the way it was,” Tucker said. “Muscatine is a good team and they had that stiff breeze in their favor. The second half was even better for us. And even though the wind died and we did not have the advantage that they had the first half, we still ended up winning the second half, 1-0. So I was really proud of the team and the effort through all 80 minutes.”
The lone score came unassisted from senior Josie Durr.
Keeper Brianna Smith locked up 17 saves for Solon, despite allowing five goals.
Smith had a much easier time against the South Tama Trojans on the road at Tama. Smith racked up two saves in the 9-0 shut out.
“Tama did not have the same skill as Muscatine, but put up a good fight,” Tucker said. “It was a good chance for us to really hone in some things that we wanted to work on.”
While Durr scored all of Solon’s nine goals (including one on a penalty kick), assists came from Faye Düster, Tara Lance (two) and Megan Tucker (two).
“We are on the right path to do some great things this year,” Tucker said. “We have some high expectations and goals, but feel like we are positioning ourselves well to do some really great things. I hope folks can come out to our next home game to support us, and see some really good soccer.”
The Lady Spartans won’t entertain at the Solon Outdoor Events Center until Anamosa visits Friday, April 21.
After an April 11 visit to Marion, Solon travels to Dyersville Beckman April 15 and then to Manchester to face West Delaware Monday, April 17.