Rausch’s five goals lead Newton Girls to victory over Marshalltown – Newton Daily News

Three Little Hawkeye Conference girls’ soccer programs are currently ranked at Class 2A. The schedule is getting tougher for Newton.

For now, the Cardinals are enjoying their best start since 2017, conceding just one goal in their first four games of the spring.

Audrey Rausch scored five goals to lead the Cardinals to a 7-0 home win over Marshalltown at HA Lynn Stadium on Friday.

“There is always something to fix. And we will not take any game for granted,” said Newton’s girls soccer coach Abby Lamont. “We still have tough competition ahead of us in the coming weeks. We have to try and adapt every game and we will continue to do so as there are always gaps to be filled.”

The Cardinals controlled the game for all 80 minutes against the Bobcats. Newton had a 37-5 advantage on shots. The Cardinals held a 2-1 lead on corner kicks.

Rausch scored all three of Newton’s goals in the first half. She scored her fourth goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half and set a career high with a fifth goal in the 72nd minute.

Rausch scored her five goals on 15 shots and now has 11 goals this spring, ranking fifth in the state.

“She’s our main goalscorer, but we have the opportunity to score from other positions,” said Lamont. “Audrey scored some deflections and was just where she was supposed to be on the field. We have about five players who can score. I’m not worried that she’s scored most of our goals so far.”

Bryan Cazett scored one-on-one with the keeper and converted her second goal of the year in the 63rd minute. Morgan Peterson’s first goal of the spring came in the 58th minute.

“Our distance tonight was excellent. The girls put the ball down the field well,” said Lamont. “We really worked on our runs to the ball this week. We worked on shifting the ball and our tactical game. I think they did it well.”

The Cardinals (4-0) recorded their third shutout of the season. And the only goal they conceded was for Boone in the last minute.

Rori Nehring made two saves against the Bobcats (0-5) and now has eight stops this season.

The Bobcats’ best scoring opportunity came with 21:30 to go. One of Marshalltown’s five shots ricocheted off Nehring’s hands, but the Cardinal keeper dived on the ball to stop play.

Freshman Claire Close had nine saves for the Bobcats in one loss.

Remarks: Newton’s 4-0 start is the best since the Cardinals started 8-0 in 2017. … The 2A girls ranking includes LHC representatives Norwalk (1), Dallas Center-Grimes (2) and Pella (12). Lamont hopes the early victories will give her squad momentum for the more demanding part of the schedule. “The cohesion, the ability to coach and the versatility are there. We’re always moving girls around and they switch on their own. That’s worked so far,” Lamont said. “I think we gained some confidence with those early games. I think it should give us a boost going into some of the tougher games on our schedule.”

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