GREENFIELD — Of all of the strengths Nodaway Valley/WCV girls soccer has shown this season, its defense has been its calling card.
The team, which features five seniors, was 2-3 going into a home game Monday against Grand View Christian in Stuart, but they started out 2-0 with wins over AHSTW and Creston, both shutouts.
NV/WCV gave up a combined three goals in losses to East Sac County and Knoxville but lost 10-0 to a talented Treynor team.
“It seems like since the first two games of the season we’ve been struggling to get our offense going. We are kind of young out there, then losing last year it’s like the sophomores are freshmen,” head coach Mike Krawcyzk said. “Those two losses went to a lot of shootouts. Against East Sac we went eight turns and against Knoxville, we went to the 14th turn, which is usually unheard of. That made it into a long night.”
Krawcyzk said senior captain Brooklyn Jackson and sophomore Avery Hazen have been strong in the middle of his squad’s defense, which plays with four in the back.
“With their speed, you can pretty much count on them,” Krawczyk said. “They’re solid.”
Junior forward Madelyn Jaeger leads NV/WCV with three goals on the year. Bella Munoz, Hope Kading and Beth Belden have two each.
“Offensively we’ve just gotta be disciplined in our positioning,” Krawcyzk said. “Sometimes we get out of position and then when we go to move the ball down, one person tries to do too many moves. We have to trust the system and we should be fine. We’ve definitely got good, young talent, and it’s just a matter of getting them on the same page.”