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Union dominates South Tama
May 25, 2018

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The Union soccer team were able to flex their depth as they traveled to South Tama on Tuesday, May 22, trampling the Trojans 6-0.

"Overall, we play our game and moved the ball around effectively," Zempel said. "We missed a few oppurtunities in the first half, but we created a lot of chances and didn't give up any ourselves. Same thing in the second half; created chances, could have had more, but pleased with today."

Junior Alllie Carty strong together one of her best individual performance of the season with four goals on six shots on the goal. Scoring was rounded out by North Tama athletes Takoa Kopriva and Katelyn Kucera with a goal each. Leading scorer Emma Rottinghaus had a rough evening as she was unable to score on four attempts but set her teammates up with four assists.

The Knights' starting lineup and overall rotation took on a few new looks against the Trojans as Riley Rosauer and Lexi Wagner recover from injury. Jasmyn Bush was moved to midfield, with Carlie Hoppe filling in for goalie with one save. Kopriva also got the start on the night at forward. Union was also able to get key minutes to bench players such as Kerstin Peterson, Mackenna and Alyssa Hatch and Frush returning to the rotation for the first time since April 23.

"With our injuries in the mid-field, we played people in different spots, giving some girls chances," Zempel said. "They did a good job today and I'm happy with their effort. We should be close to getting back."

The regular season wound down the next day as Union hosted Beckman, defeating the Trailblazers 5-0. Carty scored three goals and Kopriva two for the Knights. Bush returned to goalie and had eight saves on the evening.

Union will face Independence once again on Tuesday, May 29 in La Porte City at 6 p.m. for the second round of playoffs after the Mustangs defeated South Tama on Thursday, May 24. Zempel hopes to have all of his roster healthy and ready to go in time for postseason.

"Biggest things we need to see for postseason are to get healthy and secondly see our focus throughout the entire 80 minutes of a game," Zempel said. "We are missing some key players. They need to be committed to their teammates and those on the field. It's time to show we're ready to play because we know we have tough opponents to be ready for."

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