The zeroes are starting to grow heavy on the Bobcats' shoulders.
The Marshalltown girls' soccer team was shut out for the third match in a row as Urbandale captured a 4-0 victory over the Bobcats on Monday at Leonard Cole Field.
Marshalltown (3-7) managed just three shots on goal during the 80-minute match as the gap between forwards and midfielders seemed just too far for the Bobcats to bridge against a well-organized side from Urbandale (5-4).
T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE
Marshalltown freshman midfielder Molly Major (7) and Urbandale’s Hannah Torry (16) battle for a bouncing ball during the first half of Monday’s cross-CIML girls’
soccer match at Leonard Cole Field. The visiting J-Hawks scored a 4-0 victory.
"Urbandale moves so well without the ball - they pass and then they move - and that's hard to defend," said MHS head coach Allie Osmundson. "And it seemed all night we were a step slow, especially in the beginning of the game I thought we were lethargic. I don't think we were able to keep up with them tonight."
The four-goal setback marked Marshalltown's fourth straight loss, and five of seven defeats this season have been shutouts. It's a streak the 'Cats hope to end on Friday when they visit Fort Dodge (2-8, 0-4) for a CIML Iowa clash.
To do so, MHS will have to figure out how to get the ball from its defense and midfielders to the forwards. Bobcat goalkeepers Amanda Hughes and Flor Camarena made a combined 13 saves on the night, while Urbandale's Kyla Inderski had just three shots on goal to thwart.
MHS maintained an offensive possession for a period past the midway point of the first half, but no shots became of it.
The Bobcats' first shot on goal came from midfielder Molly Major in the 36th minute, and there was nothing else until reserve forward Erin Woltjer fired two shots on net inside the final 15 minutes of the second half.
"We're still just not generating a lot of offense," said Osmundson. "We tried going to three forwards in the second half but I still don't know if that's even helping. Our problem mainly is even getting the ball up there, or if we do get it up there we're just kicking it right to their defenders."
Urbandale led 1-0 at the half and upped its tally to 4-0 with a stiff breeze at its back after intermission.
Mega Gaffney led the J-Hawks with a goal and an assist. Emilie Johnson, Linda Behrer and Mallary Erbes also scored goals, with assists credited to Morgan Brown and Emily Armstrong.