Playing in their third game of the day at the North Scott Invitational, the Pleasant Valley boys soccer team was starting to show a little fatigue.
Although the Spartans had won their first two contests and were in position to claim first place, they had fallen behind Keokuk 1-0 in the first 10 minutes of the final contest of the day.
But the Spartans showed their coach, Corbin Stone, that they could fight through adversity by scoring the next four goals to claim a 4-1 win and the invitational championship.
After trailing Keokuk early, PV got goals from Jacob Holland, Camden Glenn, Isaac Ward and Jack Donahue. After falling behind, the Spartans (3-0) outshot the Chiefs 19-2 the rest of the game.
Ward, who also had two assists in the Keokuk win and two assists earlier in the day against Burlington, said the team just had to get going.
"When we were tied 1-1 at half, I had to change the game a little bit. It was a mental thing that we just had to work harder to come back," Ward said. "We just had to find our forwards better and lay off the ball to our midfielders."
The Spartans' toughest challenge of the day came in the first match against Ankeny Centennial. The game went to penalty kicks after neither side could find the net. Glenn, Owen Ward and Carson Sutherland scored goals in the shootout and keeper Josh Stivers made three big saves as PV prevailed 3-2.
"The first game was really hard, it was physical and it took something out of us," Isaac Ward said. "But we just had to bounce back the rest of the day."
The bouncing back started in a 3-0 win over Burlington in the second contest of the invite. Glenn, Sean Finnegan and Caleb Stivers found the back of the net in that victory. Josh Stivers made three saves for the winners in that game.
"I like the fact we got three results today even though it got more difficult as the day went on," Stone said. "When you play that many games, there is mental fatigue and lack of focus at times. I can't remember the last time the team started 3-0 and I liked our resiliency and our ability to win games and learn some lessons while still winning."
Pleasant Valley was not the only local team to have a strong showing as Davenport Central went 2-1 on the day. The Blue Devils (3-1) picked up wins over Waterloo West by the score of 2-1 and beat Keokuk, 5-1. Central fell to Ankeny, 4-1, in their last day of the contest. Despite missing out on perfect day, Blue Devils coach Sean Harkness was pleased with the overall effort.
Dario Gonzalez led Central's effort with four goals and three assists on the day. Gonzalez had a hat trick against Keokuk. Luke Hummel and Kevin Garcia each finished with a pair of goals during the tourney for the Blue Devils while Bobby Nikolopoulos also scored for Central.
"We've grown a lot and starting off strong and beating some decent teams is giving us a lot of confidence," Harkness said. "We have a lot of talent it's great to see them have rhythm offensively this early in the season."
The host Lancers (1-3) finished the day 1-2 after beating Davenport West in the first contest but then falling to Ankeny by the tally of 4-1 and Waterloo West, 1-0. Nate Wilkerson had a hat trick for North Scott in a 4-1 win over West while Dallas Groves and Riley Thomas had the other goals for the hosts.
"Every game we are executing our game plan a little better," North Scott coach Mike Harrington said. "We keep doing more and building and once we become more confortable in this new system, we're going to win some games."
Davenport West fell to North Scott, Waterloo West and Burlington. Sophomore Aaron Golden had the only goal of the day for the Falcons.