Union/North Tama drops ‘hard fought’ home finale

Powell No. 1 in state for saves

Avery Knoop (10) executes one of her four shots-on-goal against the Class 2A No. 12 Marion Wolves during Union/North Tama’s final regular season game last Friday in La Porte City. The Knights lost to the Wolves 4-3 in overtime. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN SIMON/FACEBOOK

The Union/North Tama girls soccer team ended their regular season last week with a road game loss 5-2 to Columbus Catholic on Thursday followed by a close overtime loss 4-3 at home to No. 12 Marion on Friday.

Against the Sailors, junior Molly Grote sank the Knights’ two goals in the net unassisted. Of the team’s nine shots on goal, Grote notched five, Avery Knoop recorded three, and Emily Anton had one.

Dacey Powell was at keeper for all but five minutes of the game Thursday night, managing 21 saves while allowing five goals for a more than 80% accuracy rate. Dena Robb stepped in as keeper for five minutes against the Sailors making four saves.

Against Class 2A No. 12 Marion on Friday night at home in La Porte City, the Knights lost in overtime in their final game of the regular season. Head coach John Simon called the game “hard-fought” and “arguably their best game of the year.”

The Knights notched 25 shots on goal against the Wolves with Avery Knoop, Molly Grote, and Reagan Sorensen each scoring once with assists courtesy of Ava Monat, Knoop, and Grote.

Powell played keeper for the entire 85 minutes against Marion, saving the ball 28 times. Powell ends the regular season as No. 1 in the state for saves made across all classes with 293 – a full 20 saves more than No. 2 Keelyn Griffin of Wapello – and an 84.7% accuracy rate.

The Knights (4-10) are set to face Aplington-Parkersburg (6-7) on the road Wednesday, May 17, for the Class 1A Region 8 quarterfinal. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the A-P Middle School athletic field.