NP suffers 8-0 loss

ALLEMAN – A long layoff and miserable weather made life tough for the North Polk girls’ soccer team when the Comets faced a Nevada squad ranked fifth in Class 1A Monday at Alleman.

With the weather causing havoc this spring, the Comets hadn’t played since April 4 when they defeated Pella Christian in their season opener. Going up against a Nevada team with five games under its belt, North Polk was overmatched all game long as the Comets suffered an 8-0 setback.

"It was a tough loss from the standpoint that it was a conference game and we realize we will need to beat a team like Nevada to achieve one of our team goals - to advance in the postseason," North Polk head coach Jeff Anker said. "We’re in our second season of teaching possession soccer and we had some mistakes last night that we’ll need to clean up. But we used it as a learning experience and got all our players in the second half."

Nevada led 3-0 at the half. The Cubs then scored right off the bat in the second half and never let up the rest of the way.

Great balance keyed Nevada’s success as eight different players scored. Elli Cassabaum, Kati Cassabaum, Emma Lodestein, Abby Bremer, Christie Luppen, Michaela Matuska, Sydney See and Erin Sellberg each had a goal for the Cubs.

"Individually, we thought both our keepers: Steph Torsky and Jess Swenson did a good job in the net even if that wasn’t reflected in the final score," Anker said. "We also thought Julia Rothfus (midfield) and Kayla Meeker, our center back-mid played well."

Torsky had 12 saves and Swenson added seven for North Polk in the loss.