Assumption loss motivates Bulldogs for PV


Kaidan Vanderweele dribbles downfield against a Central DeWitt defender. The boys team is currently 4-2 on the season.

Lauren Johnston, Staff Writer

The scoreboard doesn’t always tell the whole story. For the Bettendorf boys soccer team, this was certainly the case in their match against Assumption last Monday. 

Bettendorf started stronger early on and were on attack, but in the last two minutes Assumption was able to score, giving them the win of 1-0. 

The Bulldogs possessed the ball for a majority of the game with many chances and opportunities, including four corner kicks, three of them taken low, but couldn’t seem to put one away. 

“It’s tough to play so well and not get anything out of it but you have to look at the bright side; if we create more chances we should score more goals so they don’t even have a chance on us,” said goalie Cooper Agosta.

Bettendorf dominated through the midfield but needed to create more on top with a couple good chances to score a goal, but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. 

  Kaidan VanderWeele moved from left winger into center midfielder with a smooth adjustment allowing him to have his best game this season in his new position. 

“It was an easy adjustment with the midfielders besides me making it easier since it’s a different change from the attacking standpoint and it worked out better for the team,” said VanderWeele. 

After the loss against Assumption, the Bulldogs have had a week to prepare for  MAC rival Pleasant Valley, through dynamic practices, possession drills, and staying defensively compact. 

“Even though we lost in the game that we played, there was a lot to take away from it. I felt we really dominated possession in the game and had a lot of opportunities to score, just didn’t put them away,” said Agosta.