TIFFIN– The No. 3 Iowa City Regina Regals sank the State Soccer Tournament hopes of the sixth-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Monday night, June 9, in a Class 1A girls’ regional final at Iowa City West.
The Regals ended CCA’s season with a 4-1 loss and a 15-3 record.
Hannah Bormann put the Clippers on the scoreboard early in the first half by scoring on a penalty kick. The 1-0 score held until late in the half when Regina scored the equalizer with a shot into the corner of the CCA net. Three more Regals goals came in the second half to punch their ticket to the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines, and leave the Clippers to ruminate on what might’ve been.
“The girls did an excellent job of starting the game with good energy, and we were able to be dangerous early on,” coach Matt Harding said. “Hannah (Bormann) was able to get some good penetration on the dribble, and that lead to the early penalty kick. That allowed us some early breathing room, but it was always going to take more than one goal to beat a team like Regina. Hats off to their defense for limiting our attempts on goal.”
Harding conceded the Clippers’ inexperience showed toward the back half of the game. “Regina was able to find a variety of players to challenge our defense,” he said. “From our previous games, we knew we had our work cut out for us to keep Lauren Ronnfeldt and Katie Wick from getting clean looks at the goal. To a good extent we were able to do that, but their other girls did a good job of stepping up and generating offense. In the final 20 minutes, I think were starting to wear down, and lost our shape defensively.”
Harding gave credit to keeper Sarah Johnson.
“There were more attempts on our goal last night than in our previous four matches combined. It’s a bit difficult for both the keeper and the defense to have to up their level after not being called into action much over the past couple weeks. I thought that Sarah made some fantastic saves, and am really looking forward to what the next three years will hold in store for her,” Harding said.
The postseason campaign opened on a promising note for CCA on Tuesday, June 3, at home. While storm clouds were building on the horizon, the Clippers unleashed a storm of their own on the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks in the first round of Class 1A regional girls soccer.
Emma Bormann, a senior, put in the first goal with 25:06 remaining in the first half with a short-range boot inside the box. A minute later, sister Hannah kicked in the second goal with thanks to the Mid-Prairie keeper for bobbling the ball.
The Clippers continued to direct withering fire on the Golden Hawks’ goal as Kelsey Hall passed to Emma Bormann for the third goal in three minutes, and a 3-0 lead. Erin Navara, a freshman, made it 4-0 with 3:40 left in the half as she zeroed in on the Mid-Prairie goal and launched a successful shot.
In the second half, Hannah Bormann put the game away with her second goal of the evening 11 minutes in.
Lightning ended the match with four minutes remaining.
The win advanced Matt Harding’s crew to a Friday, June 6, invasion by the Fairfield Trojans (13-3 overall) in a quarterfinal round battle. The Trojans had also trounced Mid-Prairie 9-0 back on Thursday, May 29.
The Clippers had little trouble with the Lady Trojans, posting a 5-1 win.
“We scored four (goals) in the 10 minutes before halftime and managed an insurance goal in the first 10 minutes of the second half,” Harding said. Hannah Bormann pulled off a hat trick plus one with four goals. Hall assisted all four and scored a goal of her own off an assist from Ellie Iglehart. “We got excellent midfield play from Dacia Lipkea, Clare Austin and Bailey Mooney,” Harding added.
The loss to Regina also ended the careers of seniors Katie Garvin and Emma Bormann.
“We’re sad to see the end of Emma Bormann and Katie Garvin’s time at CCA,” said Harding. “I felt that we had the talent this year to have legitimate shots at challenging for the conference title, and for making our program’s first appearance at state. Unfortunately, we weren’t quite able to put together the performances on the field to make those things happen.”
Harding pointed out many positives for the squad this season, including the best overall record in program history, multiple wins over ranked 1A and 2A teams, giving up the fewest goals in program history, and not being beaten by more than one goal in their two previous losses.
“Of the 20 girls that finished the season on the varsity roster, as many as 18 could have an opportunity to be back with us next season,” Harding concluded. “I think the future looks very bright for our program, and I’m already looking forward to getting back on the field with these girls next spring.”