No. 1 Jaguars fight past FD girls

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Raeya Love of Fort Dodge blocks Ankeny Centennial Nahomi Lopez on Tuesday inside Dodger Stadium

The Fort Dodge girls soccer squad stayed within a single goal of top-ranked Ankeny Centennial in the first half here on Tuesday, before the Jaguars pulled away for a 5-0 victory.

The Dodgers (5-6 overall) kept the match close through the intermission inside Dodger Stadium, but Centennial (11-2) found its comfort zone and secured its sixth consecutive win.

”We played a terrific first half,” FDSH head coach Michael Lee said. ”They caught a couple of breaks, we made a few mental mistakes, and they capitalized (down the stretch). We’ve been changing our formations recently and moving people around, trying to find a flow. There were some encouraging signs (on Tuesday) that we can build from.

”So far, I feel good about us beating the teams we should beat and staying competitive against the upper-echelon opponents for a significant portion of the match. We do enough to hang in there for a while and throw a scare into them. It’s just difficult to maintain over the course (of an entire match).”

Four of Fort Dodge’s six losses have been to ranked opponents so far this year, and all six setbacks have come against squads with a winning record.

The Dodgers return to action on Friday at No. 5 Ames. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m., with varsity to follow at 7:30. Their home finale is Tuesday against second-rated West Des Moines Valley.