CEDAR RAPIDS– After 100 minutes of scoreless battle upon the soccer field, the rivalry between the Iowa City West High Women of Troy and the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors was finally settled in a penalty kick shootout.
West traveled to Kingston Stadium for the match which had been postponed twice from its original April 19 date. This was a battle Coach Dave Rosenthal and company were itching for. West had traditionally won the contest, but for the past three years the Warriors came away with the victory.
West entered the battle ranked fourth by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, the Warriors fifth.
After 90 minutes of play, Rosenthal gathered his ladies on the sideline for a brief pep talk before sending them out for the second 10-minute extra period.
“What we need now ladies, is a little bit of magic,” he said. The coach fine-tuned a few things and sent them into battle with the admonition, “rip it into the back of the net!”
They would have to wait just a little bit longer before complying. With no score, a kick-off ensued with five Women of Troy and five Warriors attempting penalty kicks. Nicole Rondeau led-off with the first goal of the night followed by Rachel Hegeman. Washington’s second kicker scored to make it 2-1, West. Quinn Steigleder made it 3-1 before Washington scored their second and last goal. Anna Hausler fired the final shot of the night for the 4-2 win, sending the West ladies flying across the field to swarm her and goalie Jayne Heinrich.
“It was their defense against our offense,” the coach said after the match. “It was played mostly in our attacking half, but they held their ground and they held it well.” Rosenthal noted West was generally kept 20-40 yards out from the Washington goal, but managed eight shots to the Warrior’s three or four.
“The senior class worked hard tonight, they earned this,” he said.
West improved to 10-1 overall and 8-1 in the MVC. Washington dropped to 9-2 and 8-1. The Women of Troy are at home Thursday, May 19, against Cedar Rapids Xavier before finishing the regular season on the road.