It proved to be one heck of a fine soccer match Wednesday, May 22 when the Pella Christian Eagles hosted the Pella High Lady Dutch in girls’ Little Hawkeye Conference play.

It was a defensive battle from the get-go.

Pella held a considerable advantage in time of possession, but they struggled to get on the scoreboard.

That all changed at the 36:15 mark of the second half when Pella’s top scorer, Grace Held, converted on a penalty kick into the right corner of the net.

The victory lifted the Dutch to 13-2 overall while the Eagles fell to 8-7 for the year.

Pella is ranked No. 6 in the 2A state polls while the Eagles stand tall at No. 11 in Class 1A.

Lydia Zylstra had 13 big saves in goal for PC while Pella’s Chloe Griffin was hardly challenged, but did manage three saves for the night.

PC Coach Mike Buchheit was asked how the Eagles were able to keep Grace Held in check for most of the night?

“You put your top defender on her. In our case that is Emma Dunsbergen” Buchheit said.

Odds and Ends

Since 2011, the Pella Lady Dutch have outscored PC through 2018 in girls soccer 50-0.