INDIANOLA, Iowa -- It was nearly déjà vu in the Simpson women's soccer game Wednesday night as Cami Schmalz scored in the early minutes of a 4-2 win over Waldorf, repeating her actions from Sunday.
Schmalz waited until the fifth minute to score, instead of the first minute like she did a few days prior. Megan Roberts set the play up with a shot, but the Warrior (1-7-1) keeper deflected the ball, allowing Schmalz to kick the rebound into the net to put the Storm (6-0-3) up 1-0.
In the second half, Kaitlyn Bravek sent a cross near the goal, allowing Lizzie Arnburg to head the ball into the net to go up 3-0. Bravek remained in the scoring mix for the team's fourth goal of the game, this time coming off a penalty kick. Bravek stretched the game to 4-0 with her second goal of the year.
Waldorf got on the board in the 70th minute off a free kick. A few moments later, the Warriors cut the deficit once more to make it 4-2 after a miscue in the Simpson defense.
The Storm were able to hold on and win to remain unbeaten for the year by having the shot advantage at 16-11. Rachel Neumann picked up her fifth win in goal for Simpson by stopping three shots.
• Simpson has now outscored Waldorf 13-4 in the four meetings between the teams and holds a 3-1 tilt in the series.
• The two goals the team gave up are the most they allowed since the season-ending loss last year to Coe, 3-0, on Oct. 23.
• Schmalz now has five goals for the season to pace the team, while Arnburg and Marquez earned their first of the year.
Comments from Coach Reinert
"We've never asked our defense to play perfect all season. It's up to our entire group to perform and provide balance for our group. For the first time this season, we showed we are capable of outscoring an opponent when the game trends that direction.
I'm excited and encouraged by the body of work we've put together over the first half of the season. We know the road only gets tougher as we enter conference play, but we are hungry to face the challenges ahead!"
After a couple days of rest, the Storm host Wartburg for an American Rivers Conference battle on Saturday. The game is slated to begin at 5 p.m. inside Buxton Stadium.