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Smith scores hat trick for Trojans

April 18, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In the world of soccer three consecutive, uninterrupted goals is referred to as a hat trick. It's something that has not been done at South Tama at least in the past eight years or maybe even ever.

Until last Tuesday, that is.

South Tama's Sadie Smith can add a hat trick to her list of accomplishments as an STC athlete. She scored STC's three goals last Tuesday when the Trojans hosted West Delaware.

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STC’s Sadie Smith (3) drives down the field during Tuesday’s contest with West Delaware on April 10. Smith scored a hat trick for the Trojans winning the game 3-0.
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"(Sadie is a) good senior leader. She puts in a lot of work throughout the year playing other sports. She comes into the season in shape and ready to go and that's evident by what she can do on the field. I've proud of her effort and her hustle. She made the most of her opportunities," said coach Noah Schmelzer.

Two of Smith's three goals came in the first half. The Trojans were tied with the Hawks 1-1 but took the lead with four minutes remaining before half. Smith managed to extend the Trojans lead 3-1 with 35:11 to play in the second half.

"It feels awesome to help be able to win a game for my team and to celebrate together as a team," Smith said, "It feels great."

Smith is starting at forward this season which is a new position for the senior but one she welcomes.

"Last year I was playing right wing in the mid field. This year I started forward which is a position I have never played before but I was really excited to play that position because I've always wanted to but never got put in the position," said Smith.

The 3-1 win was just the second game of the season for the Trojans who like most of the State has had to succumb to the ways of Mother Nature this season. It's been cold, snowy and windy which has cause lots of cancelations and postponements and rearranging of practice schedules.

"I think we are just starting to show the potential we have. It's been tough dealing with the elements, not being able to practice where we want to practice, not being able to work on the things we need to work on necessarily due to the limitations of our practicing. But even from last week when we had our first game outside there's been marked improvement. Hopefully that continues here," said Schmelzer.

This year is the first year for Schmelzer coaching soccer. He coached Lacrosse before coming to the South Tama School District where he teaches history.

"There are a lot of challenges and a lot of things I did not forsee. It seems like there is some new thing that I didn't know about that occurs each week. But I've got some good assistant coaches that help me with that and a lot of support from the school and from other coaches. They are helping me out and helping me get through it."

Smith's performance on Tuesday was a big deal for the Trojans. Historically the team has had it's challenges. Their lone win from the 2017 season also came against West Delaware. Smith's three goals is the most the Trojans have scored since the 2014 season. That season was the senior year for two prominent players Araceli Angel who went on to play soccer for William Penn and Hailee Weiss who is now employed at South Tama as the Home School Liason. During that season the Trojans went 4-15 with wins over Grinnell, PCM and two wins over CAL Latimer.

Getting a win with game two will surely do wonders to build confidence that will hopefully carry the team forward throughout the rest of the spring.



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