Muscatine, Ia. —
12:05 AMClass 3-A Quarterfinals
Johnston’s season ends vs. Bettendorf
By JOHN NAUGHTON
MUSCATINE, Ia. Johnston’s Kerigan Thompson spent time using her feet on the soccer pitch and her fingers sending off text messages this season.
Thompson, whose team closed the year Thursday with a 2-0 loss to Bettendorf in a Class 3-A state girls’ quarterfinal, provided leadership through texting.
The senior ended was in charge of letting fellow Dragon players know details about pasta dinners, team uniform colors and practice times via messages.
“Good thing I have unlimited (texts),” Thompson said.
Bettendorf’s Katie Moore scored both of her team’s goals in the opening half. She’s the leading scorer in the 3-A field, now with 25 goals.
“Kate Moore, thank you for the two goals,” Bettendorf coach Todd Hornaday told his team in a postgame speech.
Moore scored on a free kick in the 23rd minute, then added another goal about 7 minutes later.
Bettendorf improved to 18-2 with the victory. Johnston was shut out for the second time this season.
“Our defense is so solid in the back, they played almost a perfect game,” Moore said.
Johnston finished the season at 15-5.
Thompson and Maddie Vestal were the only seniors on this year’s team.
“They really taught us to step up and work really hard,” Johnston sophomore Paige Elming said of her team’s seniors.
Lexi Willie, a junior, led Johnston in scoring with 13 goals this season. Freshman Kristen Stucker was next with seven.
Johnston 0 0–0
Bettendorf 2 0–2
First half–B: Moore 23:00; B: Moore 30:00
CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY 2, IOWA CITY WEST 0
Muscatine, Ia. —
MUSCATINE, Ia. Hannah Palomo and Kaela Dickerman scored goals as No. 7 Cedar Rapids Kennedy upset No. 3 Iowa City West 2-0 in a Class 3-A quarterfinal at the Muscatine Soccer Complex Thursday night.
Palomo’s goal, off a Emily Feltes assist, gave Kennedy a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.
Dickerman added the matches’ second goal in the 47th minute.
Kennedy improved to 15-4.
West finished the season 17-3.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0 0 — 0
Iowa City West 1 1 — 2
First half–Palomo (Feltes) 20:14.
Second half–Dickerman 46:24.
— Tommy Birch