Senior Tessa Kerr sparked some life in the Muscatine offense, scoring on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, but the damage had been done.
The Bettendorf girls soccer team had already built a 3-0 lead at home Tuesday on goals from Audrey Whitaker, Eleanor Drexler and Olivia Lewis, creating enough cushion to escape with a 3-1 conference victory.
"I definitely think that Bettendorf is a class or two above us right now in terms of putting things together," Muscatine coach Nate Meineke said. "They were able to move the ball through the middle of our field very effectively. We just did a poor job of man-marking, and that's something that we stressed before the game and the practices leading up to it."
The loss was Muscatine's first this season after starting 2-0 while outscoring its opponents 22-0.
Bettendorf, a top-10 ranked team entering the season, continued its hot start. The Bulldogs are now 3-0 with wins against top-ranked Ames and 10th-ranked Iowa City West.
"I'm hoping they'll see the difference between us and Bettendorf because they're a program that, the way they were moving the ball, that's the way I think we can move the ball," Meineke said. "And I hope they learn that playing defense is priority No. 1. Before we even get in our attack, we got to be able to get the ball and get it out to our wings. And the only way to do that is to play good defense."
Bettendorf 8, Muscatine 1: The Bettendorf boys tennis team cruised past the Muskies in Tuesday's conference dual, winning five of six singles matches and sweeping all three doubles matches.
A bright spot for Muscatine was at the No. 6 singles, where James Solt defeated Bettendorf's Tyler Fromi 6-2, 6-3.
"James Solt keeps improving with each match and he is learning his strengths and playing to them," Muscatine coach Ron Kiser said. "His ground strokes kept him in the match. He was like a human backboard as he kept getting the ball back over the net and making his opponent make the mistakes."
Luke Zobel forced a third set in his singles match but ultimately fell 6-4, 2-6, 3-10 to Bettendorf's Stuart Swearingen.
"Luke Zobel went to the tiebreak and had some quality shots throughout the match," Kiser said. "We just need to cut down on our mistakes and give ourselves more opportunities."
Bettendorf 8, Muscatine 1: The Muskies mustered just one win in Tuesday's tennis match against Bettendorf.
Muscatine's No. 1 doubles team of Ellie Cahill and Emma Maynard defeated Bettendorf's Lydiah Kennedy and Mya Christensen 10-2.
The Bulldogs, however, swept all six singles matches and won the remaining two doubles matches.
Wilton 168, Tipton 187: The Wilton boys golf team cut four strokes off its team total from last week's win against Durant and defeated Tipton for its second straight win to start the season.
Wilton's Nolan Leaton finished as the medalist, shooting a season-best 38. Jared Townsend added a 42, Tyler Hartman a 43 and Brock Hartley a 45 to round out scoring for the Beavers.
"Witnessed a lot of improvement tonight and was pleased with a lot of the young guys playing for their first time," Wilton coach Nick Dohrmann said.
Wilton 231, Tipton 233: Led by a 52 from Annabel Grings, the Wilton girls golf team edged Tipton and improved its dual record to 2-0.
Grings has now finished as the medalist in back-to-back meets to start the season.
Eleney Owens shot a 55, Riley Hammann a 60 and Tatum Oveson a 64 to round out scoring for the Beavers.