After COVID-19 canceled high school football in Iowa last year, the Boys State Tournament was once again held at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.
And we are already in the semi-finals.
The semifinals of classes 1A, 2A and 3A will be played on Thursday, from afternoon to evening. In 1A, the semi-finalists are: Notre Dame-West Burlington, Iowa City Regina, West Liberty and Western Christian. In 2A, the semi-finalists are: Cedar Rapids Xavier, ADM, Dallas Center-Grimes and Bondurant-Farrar. And in 3A, the semi-finalists are Iowa City West, West Des Moines Valley, Johnston and Pleasant Valley.
Check back here all day for a recap of all of Thursday’s semi-finals.
Class 1A: Western Christian 2, West Liberty 1
While the teams in Thursday’s other Class 1A semi-final totaled six goals, West Liberty and Western Christian played a more defensive semi-final. In the end, however, Western Christian’s two unanswered goals led him to a 2-1 victory over the Comets.
The Wolfpack will advance to Saturday’s noon state title game against seed Notre Dame-West Burlington, who beat No.4 Iowa City Regina in the semifinals.
The Comets end their season at 16-4.
West Liberty entered the table first in the 35th minute, when Jahsiah Galvan, who is also a three-star football prospect, punched one out after Western Christian was unable to clear a corner. The score remained 1-0 at half-time.
Then, in the 50th minute, the Wolfpack responded to equalize when Bailey Baccam scored from a penalty to bring the score to 1-1.
Western Christian scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute, when Eli Van Essen took advantage of a free kick that deflected the hands of goalkeeper Comet.
Class 1A: Notre Dame-West Burlington 4, Iowa City Regina 2
Iowa City Regina’s quest to repeat himself as state football champion came to an end on Thursday.
The fourth-seeded Regals lost to Notre Dame-West Burlington 4-2 in the Class 1A soccer semifinals at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines. Notre Dame-West Burlington took a 3-0 lead in the 58th minute, and the Regals failed to fight their way against the tournament favorite.
Cole Ward put the Nikes on the board with a 30th-minute goal to give his side a 1-0 lead. That lead became 2-0 with a goal from Sam Brueck in the 50th minute, and it fell to 3-0 in the 58th minute with Brueck’s second goal of the day.
The Regals responded with their first goal in the 63rd minute when Alec Wick headed a header from a Kaleab Wendy free kick. But, just two minutes later, Gabe Zurita of Notre Dame-West Burlington fired back with a goal to put the Nikes ahead 4-1 in the 65th minute, ending Regina’s comeback attempt.
Regina ends her season at 12-8.
The Nike improve to 22-1 and will play in the 1A title match on Saturday at noon.
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