Mason City's lead in scoring chances didn't show up on the scoreboard immediately.
It had by the time the clock had run out.
The Mohawks scored twice in the second half to defeat Marshalltown 2-1 in CIML Iowa Conference girls' soccer action on Friday.
T-R PHOTO BY MARK PAWLAK
Marshalltown freshman Molly Major heads the ball during first-half play against Mason City on Friday at Leonard Cole Field. The visiting Mohawks won 2-1. Major accounted for the Bobcats’ goal.
Mason City (4-2, 1-0) kept the pressure up to erase the halftime lead of the Bobcats (3-4, 0-2).
Freshman Molly Major tied for the team lead in goals on the season with her score in the first half for Marshalltown at Leonard Cole Field.
The Mohawks turned the deficit into a lead in a 6-minute stretch of the second half.
Kendall Cornick tied the game for Mason City in the 49th minute, while a goal by Nicole Hewett in the 56th minute was the game-winner.
Marshalltown went to a lineup change to generated more action in front of the Mohawk net in the late-going, but ran out of time.
"Late in the game we tried to switch to three forwards to create some more offense," said MHS head coach Allie Osmundson. "We did that against Newton the other night. I thought it helped create some chances."
Down 2-1, the Bobcats were able to clear away a ball that deflected past the keeper and then Mason City shot wide to keep the margin at one score.
Marshalltown got a good shot on goal by Lexi Vaughn in the 74th minute and had a loose ball after the initial stop, yet were denied.
after a save on Taylor Vaudt's free kick and could not get another touch.
"The girls did a good job of working hard all the way up to the end of the game," Osmundson said. "I thought Lexi was going to have a goal there at the end, so that was good to create that chance."
Mason City kept play down on its offensive side of the field in the first half. Amanda Hughes had a handful of saves in net for the Bobcats and another scoring chance banged off the post.
Marshalltown got its chance and Major dropped a shot from near the sideline into the net in the 31st minute (her third goal of the year) for a 1-0 Bobcat advantage.
"First half it seemed like Mason City, they really pack it in, it's so crowded in there and it like they're playing with 30 girls on the field. We just weren't able to get many chances and we talked about moving the ball more, then playing over the top," Osmundson said.
"Molly had a good shot. She told me she was trying to cross it, but it went in. It was a good shot and it was great for her to get that goal."
Hughes finished with eight saves for the Bobcats.
Marshalltown now faces ranked teams in each of their next two contests, starting with a home matchup against Class 2A No. 13 Indianola on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
"Lately we've really been working on possessing the ball more and we can always improve on that," Osmundson said. "That's a big thing, possessing the ball and then playing the ball over the top and having diagonal runs. If we can get that down, we really can be successful. We're going to keep working on that."