Bobcats blank three foes to remain undefeated

PLEASANT HILL – One week into the season and the Marshalltown girls’ soccer squad has already surpassed last year.

The Bobcats scored three wins at the Southeast Polk Tournament on Saturday to improve to 4-0 this spring, outdoing last year’s campaign mark of 3-15.

Marshalltown opened with 1-0 shootout wins over Indianola and Des Moines East before blanking Des Moines North 4-0 at the Southeast Polk High School field.

The tournament saw 10 teams play a combined 28 games at two sites, with only Marshalltown and host Southeast Polk finishing with 3-0 records.

The Bobcats began the day by turning back Indianola in a shootout, with goals coming from Erin Woltjer, Lindsey Ricken, Megan Major and Brittany Waldron. MHS goalkeeper Amanda Hughes came up with two saves as Waldron’s goal finished the win.

Woltjer, Ricken and Major scored again and Hughes again had two saves before Taylor Vaudt provided the winning shootout goal to beat Des Moines East.

Major tallied two goals in regulation and Lexi Vaughn had a goal and an assist to help the Bobcats beat Des Moines North, 4-0, in their tournament finale.

Rachel Whaley also scored her first goal of the season, and Morgan Gardalen added an assist on Vaughn’s ice-breaker to propel the Bobcats to their unbeaten start.

“This was a very good tournament for us, everyone on the team contributed,” said MHS coach Allie Osmundson. “Amanda Hughes came up with two big saves in both shootouts.

“We are very happy to be 4-0. We want to use the success today and carry it over to the game against a good Pella team on Monday.”

The Bobcats play their home opener Monday night against the Class 2A preseason No. 8-ranked Little Dutch.