By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– It rained. It poured. And through it all, the Clippers scored.
Despite four rain showers including a torrential downpour with 30-40 mph wind gusts, Sarah Bleeker’s 12th-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls’ varsity soccer team prevailed. The Clippers shut-out the visiting Mount Vernon Mustangs, 6-0.
Fran Strub performed a hat trick with her three goals, the first coming eight minutes into the first half as she scored off a kick by Emma Bormann. Strub’s second came 25 minutes into the second half. Kelsey Hall was making an attack but was collected in a pile-up with the Mustang’s keeper and another player. In the ensuing chaos, Strub was able to knock the ball in. Hall was momentarily stunned, but walked off the field under her own power. Strub’s final goal came with nine minutes to go as she got past the keeper and torpedoed it in.
Hall scored twice in the first half, both on solo bombing runs. The first was with 10-1/2 minutes left in the period, the second about two minutes later. Morgan Ball scored with fourteen minutes to go in the second half as well.
The wet win came on senior night as CCA thanked Mallory Kinney, Mariah Rourke, Becca Steiff, Strub, Kali Disterhoft, Sydney Boudreau, Stephanie Heinze, Abby Parris, Alex Overman, Irene Esteve Jorda and Amy Byers for their efforts, their performances and their accomplishments.
The Clippers start the tournament campaign Tuesday, May 29, at home against Vinton-Shellsburg with a 6 p.m. start time. The winner will face either Williamsburg or Benton Community on Friday, June 1, at CCA at 5 p.m. The Regional Final is Monday, June 4, at Denver with a 5 p.m. start.
The state soccer tournament will be held June 7-9 in Muscatine.