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Knights throttle ranked Pirates 6-0 for second consecutive win

April 26, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

The Union girls soccer team traveled to face an already familiar opponent in Hudson on Thursday, April 18, getting off to a hot start and remaining in the driver's seat to cruise to a 6-0 win against the 13th ranked Pirates.

The Knights had faced off against Hudson at a jamboree exhibition game in Waterloo days before the season began, falling to the Pirates. This regular season game was quite a different story in coach Hunter Zempel's mind as Union came prepared for their second road game.

"We knew where they would predominantly attack, so we set up our midfield in a way we could take advantage of it," Zempel said. "I feel we certainly executed that today."

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Senior forward Allie Carty scores a goal in the second half at Hudson on Thursday, April 18. Carty leads the Knights with six goals on the young season.

Alyssa Hatch found herself open early for a score to put the Knights up within ten minutes as they dominated the ball in the midfield. Only minutes later, Lexi Wagner stepped up for a second goal before Riley Rosauer got hot with back to back goals in the last ten minutes to go into halftime up 4-0.

""We talked about starting off strong in the first five to ten minutes and pressuring them to keep Hudson in their defense," Zempel said. "We wanted to create early chances and that early goal gave us momentum to finish strong the rest of the game. With each passing game, Riley is taking it up a notch. She has a lot of ability."

The second half opened with several shots off the mark by Allie Carty before the senior extended Union's lead to 5-0. With a comfortable lead, the Knights relaxed several starters and gave Jasmyn Bush time on the field, finishing with three saves as Carlie Hoppe stepped into the box. Kylee Peterson took advantage of a wide open corner to score the last goal of the evening in the second start of her freshman year.

"Kylee is getting better with each progressing week and game we play," Zempel said. "That's her second goal of the season and she has a lot of talent, toughness and brings hard work."

Zempel further stated he was pleased on both ends of the field as Union scored with a plethora of girls, but also with his senior-laden defense he feels continues to grow as Karly Jans continues to emerge as a midfield defender.

"Our backline did a really good job winning the ball back away, giving it to our attackers," Zempel said. "They all did an outstanding job-Megan, Tori, Sunny, Karly-and have been starters for years. Karly [Jans] does all the little things that help you win games from a defender's perspective. She's tough physically and puts her body on the line each game. I never see her come off the field without some bruises, scratches or maybe limping, and she's invaluable.

"We started off with a really tough schedule, especially for a 1A school," Zempel said. "We learned more from those games,looking back at what we can improve and now we're seeing the results on the game field. When we stay on the front foot, we can cause turnovers, attack quick and we have a lot of people who can score. I look forward to continuing a trend of getting everyone on the score sheet."

The Knights will return to La Porte for two consecutive homes games against Gladbrook-Reinbeck/Grundy Center on Thursday, April 25 and then Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Tuesday, April 30 before starting off a new month with a road trip to Decorah on May 2.



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