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State title hopes dashed

Little Cyclones blow away Women of Troy’s championship bid
West High’s Leah Rhodes (right) and a Dowling Catholic Maroon battle for the ball in the second half of a Class 3A state tournament quarterfinal round match Thursday, June 8, in Des Moines. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

North Liberty Leader
DES MOINES– It was Iowa City West High’s 15th state soccer tournament appearance, their 10th-consecutive tourney trip, and it ended too soon as the Little Cyclones of Ames won 2-1 Friday, June 9, in a Class 3A state semifinal at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines. The loss ended West High’s season at 19-2.
The quest for a championship began Thursday, June 8, as West and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic tangled in the quarterfinal round. The match was stalemate through 80 minutes (two periods) of regular play and went into a 10-minute overtime period where Emma Cooper scored for a sudden death win.
West entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed while Dowling was the No. 7 seeded team.
The win advanced West High to the semifinals against the Little Cyclones. Regan Steigleder put West on the scoreboard in the first half, but Ames scored twice in the second half to seal the Women of Troy’s fate. Ames brought a 15-3 record into the contest after knocking off Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Ames advanced to the championship Saturday, June 10, against West Des Moines Valley, with both teams at 16-3. Valley won the title, 1-0.
The tournament marked the final performances for West High seniors Jan Kuehn (defender), Steigleder (midfield), Abby Zimmerman (defender), Cooper (forward), Lexi Shaffer (defender), Leah Rhodes (forward), Katie McGrane (keeper) and Ali Tauchen (keeper).