Kept largely in check during its first week of games, the Central DeWitt girls soccer team’s offense broke out in a big way last week.
The Sabers scored two goals in their first three games, a total they surpassed in each half of routs of Anamosa, Monday, and Davenport West Tuesday.
Central DeWitt erupted for 12 goals over the two games — winning 6-1 and 6-0 — while piling up 36 shots during the same span.
The Sabers set the tone in the opening half against the Blue Raiders, striking for three goals in the 40-minute period.
Freshman Lilly Fuglsang opened the scoring with a shot that cleared the leaping goalkeeper before finding the corner of the net.
Morgan Machovec followed with a laser that caromed down off the crossbar and over the goal line, while freshman Makaylea Yackle converted a penalty kick to make it 3-0.
The Sabers were not done. That was especially true of Fuglsang, who struck twice more in the second half to earn a hat trick. Sophomore Mia Braddock tacked on her own scoring strike and Central DeWitt kept their guests off the scoreboard until the final 10 minutes of the game (Rory Maricle made the start in goal and recorded three saves, while Yackle had one in relief) to wrap up the big victory.
EmmaGrace Hartman set up two of the Sabers’ goals, while Marisa Lopez had an assist of her own.
Sophomore Emma Gluesing led the team with five shots, while Fuglsang and Hartman both had three and Yackle, Braddock and Machovec two.
The Sabers continued their offensive onslaught a day later, picking up goals from five different players.
Hartman led the way with two, while Gluesing, Fuglsang, Braddock and senior Carlee Lincoln also got in on the scoring action, while Natalie Butler and Yackle each provided assists.
Fuglsang and Hartman kept the Falcons’ goalkeeper busy, combining for 10 of the team’s 18 shots.
Braddock added three shots, while Gluesing had two. The Sabers defense, meanwhile, blanked its first foe of the season.
The offensive chances were more limited in Thursday’s home MAC meeting with Davenport Central.
Ultimately, two first-half goals for the Blue Devils proved to be the difference in the visitors’ 2-1 victory.
Hartman cut into Central’s lead with a goal in the second half, but the Sabers were not able to come up with the equalizer.
Braddock and Bella Burken joined Hartman with shots in the game, while senior Kathryn Grau came up with seven saves.