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WATERLOO — The No. 5 ranked team in Class 1A women’s soccer made a number in Marshalltown on Tuesday, as Columbus Catholic beat Marshalltown 8-1 and dropped the Bobcats to 0-4 this season.

Columbus led 5-0 at halftime thanks in part to a Bobcats own goal less than a minute into action, followed by four goals in the remainder of the half from Anne Kneeland , Nikayla Youngblut, Avery Nolting and Gina Pranger.

MHS head coach Stacy Galema said another slow start was too much for Marshalltown to handle but there were positive moments the team could learn from.

“Allowing a goal in the first minute is hard to see, but we kept building and improving as the game went on,” Galema said. “We had a few 19-minute streaks with no goals allowed and another 15 minutes later in the game. We have to take those moments of success defensively and build to keep our focus to extend those moments further.

In the second half, Marshalltown scored their first goal of the season through rookie Claire Close. Close played the first half as the Bobcats goaltender, then scored at the other end in the second half. Galema said she was happy with the team’s ability to keep pushing and trying to find openings in attack.

It was Marshalltown’s third straight game without practice between the two.

The Bobcats continue their road trip Friday with a game at Newton.

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