The Storm Lake soccer girls nearly pulled off an improbable upset against Unity Christian.
Down 4-1 at the half, the Tornadoes scratched back into the game, as UC finally won 5-4.
"We put a scare into them, but we only won one half," coach Ray Wiederholt said.
Priscilla Rebollozo emerged as a weapon for the green and white. Late in the first half, she moved the ball through a crowd of defenders nearly 40 yards before burying it in the corner of the net. She came out to start the second half by scoring in a near-duplicate drive.
That game came on the heels of a defensive battle with Spirit Lake last Thursday, as Haley Owens drilled in a free kick with seconds remaining for a 1-0 Tornado win.
Better than their 3-6 record might indicate, a physical Tornado team now faces Webster City Friday on the road, then tackes them again Tuesday in a make-up game and the home regular season closer.
They are paired with Denison-Schleswig to open Districts play, at Denison, where the Monarchs have been rated as high as 12th in the state this season.
"It's do-able," Wiederholt said, "we'll have to play near perfect."