State Soccer: Updates from Thursday’s quarterfinal gamesChristy Perkins
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The 2018 boys’ state soccer tournament began Thursday at the Cownie Soccer Park. Winners will advance to Friday’s semifinals, guaranteeing a top-four finish.
Here’s how the games unfolded:
Iowa City West 2, Ankeny Centennial 1 (OT)
Exciting final 20-plus minutes that ended with the defending champs advancing. After more than 65 scoreless minutes, West’s Gada Ambo broke through the Jaguars’ defense to put the Trojans up 1-0 in the 67th.
Centennial’s Michael Brandt headed in the equalizer in the 78th minute to force extra time, where Micah Frisbie scored the game-winner to push the Trojans to 18-3. The Jaguars end the year at 15-5.
Ankeny 3, Cedar Rapids Prairie 0
A surprising result here, as the seventh-seeded Hawks upended Cedar Rapids Prairie with a flurry of goals in the final 20 minutes. Peter Gaspair opened the scoring barrage with a goal in the 67th minute to give Ankeny a 1-0 lead.
Kolby Raineri scored the final two in the final three minutes to give the Hawks an impressive victory over Prairie, who finishes the season 14-2 overall. Ankeny improves to 16-4, and advances to Friday’s semifinals.
Bettendorf 1, Iowa City High 0
Bettendorf advances to the 3A semifinals for the second year in a row thanks to a 67th minute goal from Dawson Gamble, who headed in a corner kick. The Bulldogs improve to 15-2, while City High’s season ends at 16-5.
Pella 2, Perry 1
Top-seeded Pella advanced behind two Ethan Poulter goals. The senior scored his first in the 28th minute to give the Dutch a 1-0 lead at the half, then scored again in the 50th minute, giving him 34 goals for the year.
But Perry would not go quietly, cutting the lead in half with less than three minutes to play. But the Dutch hung on to improve to 17-2. Perry’s season ends at 11-11.
Cedar Rapids Xavier 3, Dallas Center-Grimes 0
Xavier cruised to a win over Dallas Center-Grimes on Field 7. The Saints led 2-0 at the midway point thanks to goals from Justin Schneider and Andrija Mijatovic. Schneider scored his in the 15th minute, while Mijatovic netted one from close range in the 23rd.
In the second half, Mijatovic struck again, using some slick footwork to score in the 49th minute. The victory is Xavier’s 10th of the season. Dallas Center-Grimes’ season ends at 15-4.
Storm Lake 6, Hudson 0
Storm Lake asserted itself in its lopsided quarterfinal win over Hudson on Field 6. The Tornadoes led 3-0 after just nine minutes thanks to goals from Jose Martinez, Gerardo Rosiles and Andy Rodriguez.
In the second half, Kevin Duque got in on the action, scoring in the 61st minute. The Tornadoes added two more goals to improve to 17-0 this season. Hudson’s season ends at 14-5.
Marion 5, Newton 4
This was a wild one. Nine total goals from five different players help create the most exciting quarterfinal game of the Class 2A slate. It was 2-2 at the half, and 3-3 after Newton’s Zach Combs connected on a penalty kick in the 65th minute.
Then, in the 70th minute, Levi Murphy netted his 13th goal of the season to give Marion a 4-3 lead. Newton leveled the match for the third time when Matthew Yeager scored in the 89th minute, but Marion evaded overtime when Jaffer Murphy scored the game-winner 39 seconds later.
Marion, now 16-0, advances to the semifinals in its second-ever state tournament appearance. Newton’s season ends at 14-6.
Iowa City Regina 3, Treynor 0
A pair of Alec Wick goals gave the Regals, the defending state champions, a 2-0 lead after the first half. Wick, just a freshman, netted his first goal in the 16th minute, then scored again in the 21st.
Nick Pechous added a third goal in the 58th minute. Treynor, which averaged more than five goals a game this season, was shut out for the second time this season. Regina improves to 16-3. Treynor’s season ends at 13-6.
Gilbert 1, Assumption 0 (2OT)
A game filled with action and opportunities went scoreless for more than 90 minutes until Gilbert’s Jack Gustafson broke the tie with a goal in the second extra period. The victory pushed the Tigers to 14-7 overall. Assumption’s season ends at 12-9.
Williamsburg 2, Nevada 1
The second-seeded Raiders scored quickly in this one. Sophomore Matthew Cronquist slotted home the first goal in the seventh minute. But Nevada leveled the contest when freshman Jose Buenrrostro scored his 12th goal of the season in the 29th minute.
Williamsburg took the lead for good when Zach Litwiller found the back of the net in the 49th minute, pushing the Raiders to 14-3 overall and into the semifinals of their first-ever state-tournament appearance. Nevada’s season ends at 12-8.
Des Moines Christian 4, Iowa Mennonite 0
It was the Ben Webster show in Des Moines Christian’s quarterfinal matchup against state-tournament newbies Iowa Mennonite. The high-scoring senior notched a hat trick with goals in the fifth, 38th and 59th minutes, giving him 57 for the season.
Sandwiched between them was a Cody Smith goal in the 57th minute, as the Lions improve to 16-1 overall after easily dispatching Iowa Mennonite, whose season ends at 18-2.
Friday’s Semifinal Matchups:
No. 1 Iowa City Regina vs. No. 4 Gilbert, Field 9, 12 p.m.No. 2 Williamsburg vs. No. 3 Des Moines Christian, Field 6, 12:05 p.m.
No. 1 Pella vs. No. 5 Cedar Rapids Xavier, Field 9, 2:30 p.m.No. 2 Storm Lake vs. No. 3 Marion, Field 6, 2:35 p.m.
No. 8 Waukee vs. No. 5 Iowa City West, Field 9, 5 p.m.No. 7 Ankeny vs. No. 3 Bettendorf, Field 6, 5:05 p.m.
Cody Goodwin covers wrestling and high school sports for the Des Moines Register. Follow him on Twitter at @codygoodwin.