With the Central Iowa Conference Northern Division title on the line, the Marshalltown girls' soccer team played its best game of the season Friday.
Unfortunately, not even their best was good enough as the Ames Little Cyclones won their fourth straight game and claimed the outright CIC division title following a 1-0 win over the Bobcats at Leonard Cole Field.
"I thought this was the best game we played all year," MHS coach Allie Osmundson said. "We were working really hard and I am proud of all of the girls."
The Little Cyclones improve to 13-3 on the season, while Marshalltown dropped its fourth game in five tries and fell to 9-7 on the year.
The Bobcats will try to end their losing streak in the first round of the regional tournament on Wednesday when they travel to Cedar Falls to take on Waterloo East. Action is set to kick off at 6 p.m. in their Class 3A Region 1 semifinal pairing. The regional championship match is June 3 at 6 p.m. in Ankeny.
"I hope we can continue to build off this game and come ready to play in our regional game on Wednesday," Osmundson said.
In other action at Leonard Cole Field on Friday, the MHS junior varsity lost to Ames, 3-1, while the freshmen squad was defeated 2-0. Lexi Gimbel scored the Bobcats' lone goal in the JV contest.