PELLA — The Pella boys soccer team took the field against Newton on a cold Tuesday night at Pella High School. Despite the weather, the Dutch defense was red hot all game, leading to a 2-0 win.
The visitors (4-4) came out controlling the field position, this led to a couple of early shots for the Cardinals.
The Dutch (7-2) were able to hold however and with 24 minutes left in the first half flipped the field when Teddy Apostolopoulos found Isaac Semini on the other end. Semini took the pass, dribbled by three Cardinal defenders on his way towards the goal and delivered a perfect shot to the right of the goalie, suddenly putting the Dutch on top 1-0.
Six minutes later the Pella defense was tested again, this time the Cardinals put a great shot on goal that was knocked away by a diving Pella goalkeeper, Mason Holland.
Once again Pella wanted to respond to the threat from Newton immediately. They pushed the ball downfield and got Semini another shot on goal, this one was handled by the Newton goalie, keeping the game where it was until the second half.
After the break the visitors once again came out aggressive, putting up three shots in the first 7 minutes.
With 25 minutes left in the game, Newton made their best threat yet. The ball was in the Pella box for what felt like an entire minute, constantly having to be kicked away by a Pella defender. Just when it seemed like the ball was bound to go in for the Cardinals, Holland was there for another save.
Just four minutes later the Cardinals would get another good look that was once again grabbed by the outstretched arms of Holland.
After countless stops from Pella, it was now their time to attack and try to put the game away.
With 15 minutes left Pella put a shot on goal that was knocked out of bounds for a throw-in. Josh Warner took the ball out of bounds and threw it in towards goal, the ball was deflected up and Apostolopoulos was there to drill it into the back of the net, giving the Dutch a 2-0 lead.
The Dutch defense never let up and the score remained 2-0 until the final whistle.
Holland ended the night with a total of eight saves. Apostolopoulos led the way on offense with one goal on three shots to go along with an assist, and Semini added his 11th goal of the season.
The boys will be at home again Thursday night against Ottumwa.