ANKENY The Bobcats created some scoring chances, but also helped the Jaguars with a couple of their own.
Allowing Ankeny Centennial's counterattack to strike, the Marshalltown girls soccer team lost 2-1 to the fourth-ranked squad in Class 2A on Tuesday.
Molly Major scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute and Amanda Hughes made five saves in goal but the Bobcats (3-3) saw their two-game win streak snapped by the Jaguars (5-2).
"We competed well and created some good chances especially in the second half," MHS coach Allie Osmundson said. "We need to continue to work on connecting passes and controlling the ball. At times, we gave away the ball too easily and Ankeny was able to counterattack ... Overall, we gave a good effort and there are a lot of positives to bring into the first game of conference play on Friday against Fort Dodge."
The Bobcats return home to face the Dodgers (2-3) in their Central Iowa Conference Northern Division opener Friday at Leonard Cole Field. Action kicks off at 6:15 p.m.