SIOUX CITY EAST 2, PELLA 0
Muscatine, Ia. — There’s another Sioux City school making waves at the state girls’ soccer tournament.
Fourth-ranked East became the first Sioux City school besides Heelan to advance to the Class
“It’s a big accomplishment since no one’s ever done it,” Sioux City East sophomore Eliot Sayavong said. “It’ll actually pump up our school to think that soccer is a big deal for them to recognize.”
Heelan, making its 12th appearance in the tournament, has been the usual headliner for the city. Now East, in its second straight appearance at state, is drawing attention.
The Black Raiders improved to 18-1 behind a pair of goals by Sayavong. She put East ahead 1-0 in the first half on a header.
“It was just up in the air,” Sayavong said. “It was better to at least get a head on the ball and try to get something on it instead of just let it go.”
The Lady Dutch finished 16-4.
“It was a good job from the seniors to get us back here,” Pella coach Sam Mate-Kodjo said. “Also some experience for the freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Now they know what it takes to get here.”
Afterward, East players ran over to the fans to celebrate the win.
“It feels good to be one of the public schools that’s gotten to do it first,” Sayavong said.
Sioux City East 1 1 — 2
Pella 0 0 — 0
First half: Sayavong (Welch) 10:53.
Second half: Sayavong (Foley) 61:45.
CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER 2, ADM (ADEL) / VAN METER 1
Muscatine, Ia. — Al Hofmann reached into his pocket and pulled out a rock with the word “believe” spelled out in black paint.
The ADM of Adel/Van Meter girls’ soccer coach prepared a visual image for his team’s David-and-Goliath battle against Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Xavier took a step toward a seventh straight championship by winning 2-1. Like many teams before, ADM/Van Meter hoped to be the team to end the streak.
“It’s taking down the monster,” Hofmann said.
Kayla Armstrong and Marinna Schroud knocked in first-half goals for Xavier (16-2).
With 16 minutes left, Emily Hofmann scored ADM/Van Meter’s goal. Her team’s spirits rose in the hope of an upset.
“We just kept pressuring them,” said Emily Hofmann, an ADM/Van Meter freshman midfielder. “If we got one more, it would have been totally different.”
ADM/Van Meter (15-4) goal keeper Mallory Schultze limited a Xavier team that had averaged 7.5 goals in its last four matches.
“There wasn’t any pressure on us,” Schultze said. “We were working together a lot better. We were more positive.”
Xavier is aiming for Iowa girls’ history. No high school team has ever won seven consecutive state titles in a sanctioned sport. Three schools in other sports have won six in a row.
Five Xavier players are seniors aiming to continue the streak after Thursday’s opening win.
“One down, two to go,” Xavier coach Doug Graham said.
— John Naughton
ADM/Van Meter 0 1–1
Cedar Rapids Xavier 2 0–2
First half–X: Armstrong, 16:00; X: Schroud 31:00
Second half–A: Hofmann 64:00