Class 3a State Soccer: Ames, Centennial, Valley, West Advance to Semis

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Scores and highlights from Thursday’s Class 3A quarterfinals at the Iowa high school girls’ soccer state tournament in Des Moines.

W.D.M. Valley 3, Ankeny 2

An Abbey VanWyngarden hat trick allowed the top-seeded Tigers (15-3) to go ahead of and hold off upset-minded Ankeny. Molly Close struck first for the Hawkettes (11-8) just three minutes in, but an injury to sophomore Chloee Kooker brought an ambulance on to Field 9 and stopped the match soon after. VanWyngarden struck before and after the halftime whistle, scoring enough to edge out the 2015 Class 2A champs.

BOX SCORE

Valley…1 2—3

Ankeny…1 1—2

First half—A: Close 2:55; V: VanWyngarden 37:23.

Second half—V: VanWyngarden 45:31, VanWyngarden 46:30; A: Parker 47:22.

Ankeny Centennial 2, Bettendorf 1

Coach Chris Allen’s speedy midfield fired the Jaguars (16-3) into the semifinals with goals from junior Kenzie Geiger and senior Kayla Grenier. The defending champions let in a 67th minute strike from Bettendorf freshman Olivia Lewis, but the back line held off any further advances. Centennial will face Valley on Friday, who it beat 2-1 in their early regular-season meeting.

Ankeny Centennial senior Abby Yaske (12) runs the ball as Dowling Catholic junior Kate Brosnanhan (4) defends Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the 3A girls state quarterfinals at the Cownie Sports Complex in Des Moines.

BOX SCORE

Centennial…1 1—2

Bettendorf…0 1—1

First half—C: Geiger 8:11.

Second half—C: Grenier 49:59; B: Lewis 66:15.

Iowa City West senior Regan Steigleder (4) breaks away with the ball against Dowling Catholic Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the 3A girls state quarterfinals at the Cownie Sports Complex in Des Moines.
Iowa City West 1, Dowling Catholic 0 (OT)

Senior striker Emma Cooper stormed down Field 6 and tucked away an 88th-minute game-winner in overtime to send the Women of Troy to the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Dowling Catholic defended and counter-attacked as well as West allowed, with midfielder Regan Steigleder patrolling and bouncing a potential game-winner off the crossbar with 10 seconds left in regular time. West (19-1) had a penalty kick saved in the first minute of overtime, but Cooper’s breakaway and goal provided the victory.

Iowa City West players celebrate after Iowa City West senior Emma Cooper (13) scored the wining goal in overtime against Dowling Catholic Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the 3A girls state quarterfinals at the Cownie Sports Complex in Des Moines.

BOX SCORE

Iowa City West…0 0 1—1

Dowling Catholic…0 0 0—0

Overtime—Cooper 87:20.

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Ames 6, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 1

Grace Nelson’s four goals allowed Ames to easily overcome an early strike from Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Field 7. Senior Emily Sass put the Cougars ahead for just over two minutes until the Little Cyclones (15-3) pull forward and took over their first tournament game since 2007. Nelson’s strikes were joined by a 24th-minute goal from Hartley Christensen and a 76th-minute cap by Jayna Wanamaker.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior Olivia Hellweg (3) tries to defend as Ames senior Michaela Twito (21) chases down the ball Thursday, June 8, 2017, during the 3A girls state quarterfinals at the Cownie Sports Complex in Des Moines.

BOX SCORE

Ames…4 2—6

C.R. Kennedy…1 0—1

First half—CRK: Sass 2:54; A: Nelson 5:17, Nelson 9:32, Christensen 23:01, Nelson 29:17.

Second half—A: Nelson 48:21, Wanamaker (Hegelheimer) 75:18.

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