OSKALOOSA — Little Hawkeye Conference foes clashed on Tuesday in a boys soccer battle that saw No. 6 (2A) Pella break through in the second half to grab a 4-0 shutout win on the road.
The Dutch controlled possession for most of the first half and had several good chances on net in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Oskaloosa keeper Landon Briggs proved to be up to the challenge as he made several huge saves to keep it scoreless. Briggs had a one-handed save diving to his left to grab it on the goal line and several other sprawling saves and catches to keep the Indians in it early. He would finish with 19 saves on the night.
The Indian defense was able to limit the dangerous Pella opportunities for the remainder of the half while trying to generate some offense on the counter attack.
The game was scoreless at the half as the Dutch would look to break through in the second.
They would do just that as they would find the back of the net for the first time 14 minutes in as Isaac Semini made a good run up the right side before cross it back into the box for Ike Held to tap home for the goal.
Just five minutes later, Semini would walk the onside line and get a great through ball from Logan Solomon as Semini would settle the ball and put it by Briggs for the score.
The Dutch found the back of the net two more times in the half, both courtesy of Semini assists. Semini would find Preston Rowe and Levi Van Dusseldorp on nice through balls as both finished them off to cap off a 4-0 win over the Indians.
Oskaloosa had a couple good runs in the second half but were unable to finish them off as Pella’s Mason Holland collected the clean sheet.
Oskaloosa (5-5) will look to bounce back at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host Knoxville (6-4) while No. 6 Pella (9-2) will host the Dutch Invitational on Saturday with games against No. 7 ADM (7-2) and Hudson (1-5).