By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Pella Chronicle
---- — Pella picked up where they left off in 2012.
Last year the Dutch produced an overall record of 18-3-1 and qualified for the state tournament.
Many top players have graduated, but coach Mark Solomon is picking up where they left off, with a solid season opening win over Des Moines North 1-0 at home last Thursday evening.
In the first night of competition following a long and cold winter the Dutch slipped past the Polar Bears.
Coach Solomon replied, “Conditions were chilly and calm, but it was a fine night for soccer. Pella opened up dominating the possession in the first half, but North countered with very sharp passes and fast movement off the ball. Pella worked to keep up with the pressure. In the 12th minute of the match, a dangerous play was called on North for a high kick to the face that sent Pella defender Will Warner out for much of the game.”
Solomon added, “The foul resulted in a direct for Pella only 25 yards from the North goal. Anthony Bentzinger connected off the deflection from that kick, and put Pella up 1-0 with 28 minutes left to play in the first half.”
Pella continued to produce opportunities to score, included was a missed penalty kick from a foul in the box, but they weren’t able to add any more goals.
The Dutch will host Fairfield tonight (Thursday) starting at 5:30 in the JV-Varsity affair.
Saturday the Dutch head to Waukee for tournament action.