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Tearful defeat for girls in Anamosa

Solon’s Sylvia Havlicek dribbles upfield trying to get the Lady Spartans in position to score against Anamosa’s Lily Rogers on Friday, April 20, at the Anamosa High School football field. Solon fell in overtime to the Raiders, 4-3, and moved to 2-4 for the season. (photo by Jeff Hess)

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans came out swinging following the 5-0 loss to Muscatine the day before, but the Raiders stolen it in overtime, 4-3, at the Anamosa High School football field on Friday, April 20.
Senior Megan Tucker started Solon’s scoring early in the game to put the Lady Spartans up, 1-0. Solon junior Taylor Noonan lofted an arcing pass that landed behind the goalie and rolled into the net for a 2-0 Solon lead over the Raiders with just 2:08 remaining in the first half. The Raiders retaliated, capitalizing on a pulling Solon’s defense to one side of the field putting Anamosa’s Hannah Hauck in position to score. The half ended with Solon leading Anamosa, 2-1.
Sophomore goalie Brenna Gogel battled through the first half, allowed only the one goal in the waning seconds, and recorded two saves but would not play in the final half due to battling a respiratory ailment.
Kelsey Smyth answered the call for the second period as the keeper for the Lady Spartans. The Raiders tied the game, 2-2, scoring on the Spartans via a ball crossing in front of the goal with 16:35 remaining. With 7:50 remaining, Sylvia Havlicek reasserted Solon’s offense, firing a shot from the arc in front of the goal, making the score 3-2. The defense was unable to turn away an assault by the Raiders with 2:03 left, allowing Anamosa to tie the game at 3-3. Redoubling their defensive efforts and maintaining the ball at midfield, both teams took the game to overtime.
The 10-minute overtime started and the possession see-sawed before a drive and a kick by Anamosa’s Lily Rogers dribbled just out of Smyth’s grasp as the Raiders’ Dakota Bierer charged in on her, and crossed the line into the goal giving the Raiders the 4-3 win with just 3:44 expired in overtime play.
Megan Tucker, who spent much of the time battling for the ball at midfield, collapsed as the ball entered Solon’s goal, sobbing. Her teammates, all slowly moved to her, consoling her, and helping her to the sidelines as the Raiders celebrated.
Havlicek made three shots, scoring one; Lauren Roeder took three shots on the goal without score; Smith made two shots without score; Tucker scored on her shot in the opening salvo; Noonan recorded a point for Solon on her solo shot on goal. Smyth recorded 46:44 in the goal, giving up three scores but saving two. She, too, was moved to tears following the game, joining teammates in consolation, as they departed the field.
The Raiders stole the game from the Lady Spartans, 4-3, for their first win of the season, moving to 1-4, and relegated Solon’s season record to 2-4.