Like the boys, the girls state soccer tournament moved to Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines this year.
Day one of the tournament was jam packed.
In Class 3A, it took two overtimes and penalty kicks from preventing an all CIML semifinals.
First, Dowling had never won a state tournament game but you couldn’t tell by the way the Maroons played.
Bailey Bravard gave the Maroons a 1-0 lead. It was her first of two goals. The Maroons move on with a 3-2 victory.
The best game of the day was Iowa City West and Johnston.
West was up 2-0 but the Dragons tied it up with an equalizer from Rachel Rosheck with only 11 seconds to go.
Neither team scored in sudden death overtime so it went on to penalty kicks. After a fine save, the game went to sudden death PKs. As the pressure mounted, Johnston’s Anne Wallace has her kick blocked. Iowa City West wins a thriller on penalty kicks. What a great effort by both teams.
Top seed and undefeated Ankeny drew City High in the quarters. City High’s goalie loses the ball, and Amber Neiland puts it in the back of the net. The Hawkettes go on to dominate, winning 4-0. Ankeny will face Waukee in the next round.
The Warriors defeated Linn-Mar 3-0.
Bondurant-Farrar knew they weren’t going to have an easy time against undefeated Sioux City’s Heelan High School. And it wasn’t, Blue Jays head home after a 6-1 defeat.
Another Class 1A match-up brought Nevada and Regina to the field. Regina struck first, but Nevada wasn’t giving up that easy. Two in the back of the net for Nevada, pushes them through to the semifinal 2-1.
In Class 2A we were guaranteed to have a central Iowa team advance with Dallas Center taking on Pella. First two goals went to the Dutch, Dallas Center pushes back, but it wasn’t enough. Pella wins 2-1.
Another Class 2A game pit underdog ADM against Cedar Rapids’ Xavier. ADM got on the board, but Xavier was too much, they move on 4-1.