Rose Ripslinger completed her high school soccer career with four state championships, 118 goals scored and tears in her eyes.
The Davenport Assumption senior punched in her team’s final goal in the second half of a 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Nevada Saturday in the Class 1-A state girls’ championship at Cownie Soccer Complex.
“I’ve been crying a lot,” Ripslinger said, trying to catch her breath after an emotional ending. “I’m just so lucky to have amazing friends on this team, to have friends that are good at soccer and that we’re able to win four state championships in a row. … It’s gone by really fast.”
Assumption finished with an 18-4 record. The Lady Knights became the third program to win four or more consecutive state championships. Cedar Rapids Xavier’s eight-year string ended this season. West Des Moines Valley won four from 2005 to 2008.
Maddie Irmen and Rachel Moore scored goals in a span of about 2 minutes in the first half. Irmen also assisted on Ripslinger’s goal.
Irmen completed her Assumption career as a member of nine state team champions: four in soccer, three in basketball and two in track.
“It was fun to do, but the important thing is the friendships,” Irmen said. “That’s what I’m going to remember.”
Nevada finished the season with a 21-1 record. The Cubs have never won a state championship but came close this spring.
“It’s definitely a really good feeling to end your high school career here,” Nevada senior Jessica Helton said. “I’m definitely going to miss (my teammates) next year.”
Nevada downed quarterfinal and semifinal foes by 1-0 scores. The team gave up six goals this season prior to the championship.
Assumption’s Ripslinger was named captain of the all-tournament team. She was joined by Assumption’s Riley Behan, Shannon Leon and Irmen as all-tournament picks.
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Nevada had three seniors on this year’s roster: Helton, Emma Lodestein and Willow Griffith. The returning talent for next spring includes forwards Abby Stephenson, who scored two state-tournament goals, and Kati Cassabaum, who had 13 goals this season, as well as goal keeper Clara Sporrer, who had 16 shutouts.
“We just keep on coming up with players,” Helton said. “Coach said it’s like we’re not rebuilding, we’re reloading.”
Ripslinger, a four-time Iowa Gatorade player of the year, will move on to play at Iowa.
She wiped away tears as she waited in line to congratulate Nevada’s players after the match.
“It’s a happy cry,” Ripslinger said. “This high school career has been the best four years of my life.”
Riley Behan, Davenport Assumption
Mara Rhodes, Nevada
Lauren Ronnfeldt, Iowa City Regina
Sam Tymkowicz, Sioux City Heelan
Kennedy Brown, Iowa City Regina
Tristan Beaulieu, Sioux City Heelan
Michaela Matuska, Nevada
Shannon Leon, Davenport Assumption
Maddie Irmen, Davenport Assumption
Abby Stephenson, Nevada
Rose Ripslinger, Davenport Assumption (captain)