West Delaware jumped into WaMaC Conference play to start the 2021 girls’ soccer season, and dropped a pair of 10-0 decisions — falling to Vinton-Shellsburg at home, April 6, and at Center Point-Urbana, April 9.

“In Tuesday’s game, we came out strong with good communication and teamwork to defend most of the first half, holding Vinton-Shellsburg to five goals,” said Hawk coach Hannah Crumpton. “Our keeper Taylor Hammer had some good saves, but offensively, we needed to work on moving the ball up.

“In the second half, we did just that, having possession of the ball in our attacking third, with most of the shots being taken by Hannah Pederson, Alissa Holtz and Emily Prier. Nothing hit the net, and unfortunately, Vinton had strong success with counter-attacks and scored quickly to end the game 10-0.”

Center Point-Urbana is a tradition-rich soccer school, and handed the Hawks their second shutout of the week.

“The girls did a better job of defending and recovering as a team on defense,” Crumpton said. “A couple of unlucky handballs in the box led to two penalty kicks for CPU, one of which Taylor saved, but was unable to stop on the rebound.

“The girls worked together regardless of the score and played their all. We will continue to work on set-piece defending and our development of movement off the ball.”