Dodgers roll in season opener

Nathan Ramthun’s debut as Fort Dodge girls soccer coach proved to be a memorable one here Friday night.

Imposing their will throughout, the Dodgers (1-0 overall) blanked Carroll by an 8-0 final at Dodger Stadium.

FDSH managed six of its goals in the first half alone. All seven Dodger wins last season also came via shutouts.

“I thought it was a good first game for us, especially to build up our confidence,” Ramthun said. “It was nice to finally face some real competition after going up against ourselves for the last couple of weeks. We were ready going in, but you just don’t know what to expect until you get out there for the first time. All the butterflies went away once we stepped out on the field.”

Madeline Westerhoff, a senior utility player, delivered a career-high four goals for Fort Dodge. Westerhoff was named to the all-CIC Northern Division top squad a year ago after leading the Dodgers with 11 scores.

“I think we played really well together as a team,” said Westerhoff. “It was a very exciting game. We definitely fulfilled our potential (Friday).”

Senior midfielder Paige Savery found the back of the net twice for FDSH, with one of those coming in the first 19 seconds of action. Freshman Iris Peimann and classmate Hannah Amhof each contributed one tally.

“Getting that first goal 19 seconds into the game was a good chin-up moment,” Ramthun said. “I was pleased with our pace of play in the first half. We weren’t quite as aggressive in the second half, but it just looked like we didn’t want to do anything wrong.”

Savery also dished out three assists. Both Peimann and William Penn University signee Francis Lee added one helper.

“I feel like we’re pretty well-conditioned, but the big thing I’d still like to see us improve on is our transitioning without the ball,” said Ramthun. “We need to keep working on expanding and contrasting with our defense.”

Keeper Hailee Richardson, a junior, posted four saves for the Dodgers. As a team, Fort Dodge registered 23 shots on goal.

With the loss, the Tigers fell to 0-2 on the year. Carroll dropped an 11-0 home decision to ADM on Monday.

Next outing for FDSH is Monday at Sioux City North.