Muscatine, Ia. — Seven years of state soccer championships, seven years of sister’s shouts.
Cedar Rapids Xavier beat North Scott of Eldridge 3-1 on Saturday to earn the school’s seventh title in a row — the most consecutive championships by an Iowa high school girls’ program in any sport.
Xavier senior Mary Levett played on her fourth straight title team. The defender earned all-tournament honors while hearing her sister Suzy cheer. Suzy played on the other three title squads.
“My sister was out here screaming at me from the sidelines,” Levett said.
Xavier’s Kayla Armstrong scored two goals and assisted on another in the Class2-A title match at the Muscatine Soccer Complex.
Since Iowa began sanctioned state girls’ championship play in 1926, four programs have won six or more titles in a row.
Cedar Falls swimming (1993-98), Bettendorf tennis (1995-2000) and Dubuque Wahlert volleyball (2000-05) all were tied with Xavier before Saturday’s match.
“I haven’t realized what we’ve just accomplished, but when I think about how we broke a record, it will just blow my mind,” Levett said.
Top-ranked Xavier finished 18-2. North Scott ended at 12-10.
Armstrong was named captain of the all-tournament team. She scored five goals in three matches, pushing her season total to 34.
Xavier faced a North Scott opponent that had stunned Dallas Center-Grimes and Glenwood, two foes with a combined 33 wins, in previous tournament matches.
The underdogs reached the state final for the first time.
“We knew we couldn’t be just scared of their name,” North Scott all-tournament defender Kerri Golinghorst said.
Xavier all-tournament midfielder Annie Dale scored with just more than 5minutes left in the first half to break a scoreless tie.
Armstrong passed to Dale, a senior, who raised her fists after the goal.
After the match, Dale clutched the championship award and pumped it
up and down in the air
while chanting, “Woo, woo, woo!”
“I wasn’t a part of all seven, but I was a part of four,” Dale said.
“Being able to hold a trophy for four years felt amazing.”
Armstrong scored her first goal in the 63rd minute on an assist by Lizzy McWhinney.
North Scott rallied on Chloe Gottschalk’s score 2 minutes later. Shalynn Eldredge-McMillan had the assist. Both players were all-tournament selections.
“It was incredible,” Golinghorst said. “We put all our hearts into it.”
Armstrong added a goal in the final minute on Lauren Konchar’s assist.
Xavier goalkeeper Sara Chiccehelly led her team’s defense. She was one her team’s four all-tournament selections.
It was the eighth overall state girls’ soccer title for Xavier.
The team graduated five seniors and will try to add to its record streak next year.
Cedar Rapids Xavier 1 2–3
North Scott 0 1–1
First half–X: Dale (Armstrong), 34:00
Second half–X: Armstrong (McWhinney) 63:00; N: Gottschalk (Eldredge-McMillan) 65:00; X: Armstrong (Konchar) 79:00.
Annie Dale, Cedar Rapids Xavier
Kerri Golinghorst, North Scott
Makenzie Evans, Glenwood
Emily Wickham, Glenwood
Crystal McElhose, Sioux City East
Eliot Sayavong, Sioux City East
Sara Chiccehelly, Cedar Rapids Xavier
Shalynn Eldredge-McMillan, North Scott
Mary Levett, C.R. Xavier
Chloe Gottschalk, N. Scott
Kayla Armstrong, Cedar Rapids Xavier (Captain)