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CCA girls’ soccer heats up in the cold

CCA girls brave frigid weather for season opening win
Kelsey Hall looks for a Clipper to pass to as she brings the ball downfield against the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks.

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Once the final goal had been scored, the scene on the field resembled a state playoff win as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers stormed the turf and embraced each other while jumping up and down in victory.
The Clippers earned a 4-2 penalty kick win following two overtime periods knotted-up 2-2 with Mid-Prairie Monday, April 1. Mother Nature played a cruel April Fool’s joke on the Clippers and the Golden Hawks, with temperatures in the 30s and an icy wind out of the west-northwest making the atmosphere feel more like January than a few weeks into spring.
Despite the frigid conditions, the Clippers were red hot when they needed to be. Bailey Mooney, a sophomore, scored in the final minute of the first half for a 1-0 CCA lead. Kelsey Hall, also a sophomore, found the Golden Hawks’ goal midway through the second half. But, Kattie Redlinger put in a pair of goals for Mid-Prairie to knot the match.
Emma Borman, a junior, led-off for the Clippers in the penalty kicks and scored. Dacia Lipkea, a sophomore, was blocked and fellow soph Megan Hall scored. With the shootout tied 2-2, Mooney and Kelsey Hall put the ball past the Hawks’ keeper for the win. CCA Keeper Kasey Bortz, a senior, picked up a save in the frozen fracas as well.
The victory also marked new coach Matt Harding’s debut with the Clippers, as Harding takes over for Sarah Bleeker who resigned last year following an 11-5 season. CCA entered the 2013 campaign ranked number 13th out of 15 teams in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Clippers are in Waterloo on Friday, April 12, to face Columbus Catholic in a varsity and junior varsity tussle and return home on Monday, April 15, as the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana pay a visit.