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Knights fall to Little Hawks
April 13, 2018

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A quick turnaround followed Union's first game as the Knights traveled to Iowa City to take on the Little Hawks, falling in second overtime 2-1.

The Knights' first half was reminscent of their Thursday's game as Union was unable to score the ball, yet showing their strong defensive presence. Despite a goal by the Little Hawks in the half to put them up 1-0, Union prevented the lead from ballooning further before the end of the first 40.

"Going into this game, we knew they would be able to possess the the ball, so we need to keep in shape defensively, pressure they and trap them when we could," coach Hunter Zempel said. "We want to create some turnovers and easy transitions for us to get our shots on target."

Much like in theier season opener against Cedar Falls, the offense began to show signs of life as Emma Rottinghaus scored to tie the game, 1-1. The Knights' controlled possession for a significant portion of the half.

"We really work hard, so we are the stronger team after the half and we've seen that these last two games," Zempel said. "We really control the ball more and created the chances to score."

But City High's defense wasn't asleep at the wheel either. Union's shots grew limited later in the half and the game was pushed into overtime as the Little Hawks were unable to score in the last few minutes. The defensive clash continued into the next 10 minutes and into an additional overtime period. Within two minutes of the second overtime, the Little Hawks found their best opening all afternoon to score for the win.

"Defensively, I thought we did a really good job for the entire game basically, right up until the end," Zempel said. "Offensively, we need to be more patient with the ball, use it efficiently. We had our opportunities to score. Our finishing isn't quite where it needs to be right now."

Jasmyn Bush recorded seven saves in 91 minutes against City High, with the lone Union goal scored by Rottinghaus on an assist from Riley Rosauer. The Knights will next travel to Waverly-Shell Rock after defeating the Go-Hawks twice last season, including a 7-2 win in Des Moines.

"Every game is a step in our progression to our goals," Zempel said. "Waverly is a good opponent next week and they'll be ready for us after what happened last year. We just have to finish a little bit better in the next game."

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