ALLEMAN - The North Polk girls’ soccer team overpowered Prairie City-Monroe in the second half, scoring a 6-0 victory Friday at Alleman.
North Polk, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A, scored five goals in the second half to pull away. The win put the Comets at 10-5 on the season.
Katie Berglund picked up a hat-trick with three goals and she also dished out one assist for North Polk. Katryn Halterman, Danielle Bonewitz and Janie Walter each contributed one goal and assist apiece.
The Comets were so dominant that keeper Sydney Anderson didn’t need to make a single save.
PERRY - A big game from Danielle Bonewitz helped North Polk coast to a 4-1 road win over Perry on May 17.
Bonewitz had two goals and one assist, helping the Comets improve to 9-5 on the season.
Jalen Heintz and Brittany Conway each added one goal for North Polk. Keeper Sydney Anderson made four saves.
ALLEMAN - A lack of energy in the first half and the inability to execute down the stretch doomed North Polk in a 1-0 loss to Nevada May 15 at Alleman.
The Comets, then ranked eighth in Class 1A, came out flat against the No. 3 Cubs. They gave up a goal to Nevada’s Madison Stevens off a Hattie Rhodes assist a little more than halfway through the first half and allowed the Cubs to possess the ball for much of the half.
“We’ve done that a number of times this season, where we show up and play one good half and kind of one just flat half where they’re just not into it,” North Polk head girls’ soccer coach Jeff Anker said.
“I don’t know what it is to get them motivated.”
Despite the sluggish first half, North Polk still had plenty of chances down the stretch, getting off several good looks in the final minutes of regulation.
Danielle Bonewitz and Sawyer Elwell were just high with shots with a little over 10 minutes left in the second half. Brooke Johnson got a great look a couple minutes later off a great cross from Janie Walter, but Nevada managed to get bodies in front of the net to block the shot.
With six minutes left in the game, Katryn Halterman got the best look for North Polk when she fired off a shot that went off the post. Bonewitz was also had a shot go a little wide with two minutes remaining.
For North Polk, the game displayed consistency issues. As active as the Comets were down the final stretch, they were equally slow to react early in the game and it came back to bite them.
“We had a good practice last night and had a great game Saturday against Pella Christian, so I thought that momentum would carry in,” Anker said. “But we just dug ourselves a hole there in the first half.”
North Polk dropped to 8-5. Nevada improved its record to 11-4.
Nevada 1, North Polk 0
N 1 0 - 1
NP 0 0 - 0
N - Madison Stevens (Hattie Rhodes), 23:07.