West pulls another surprise

Iowa City West players celebrate their 2-1 win over Urbandale in a Class 2A semifinal at the girls' state soccer tournament Friday at Muscatine. (Photo by Brian Ray)

Iowa City West players celebrate their 2-1 win over Urbandale in a Class 2A semifinal at the girls' state soccer tournament Friday at Muscatine. (Photo by Brian Ray)

MUSCATINE — Dave Rosenthal posed the question:

“How do you top this?”

A pair of freshmen scored the two goals, and No. 11 Iowa City West pulled another upset, holding off No. 7 Urbandale, 2-1, in a Class 2A semifinal at the girls’ state soccer tournament Friday night at the Muscatine Soccer Complex.

The Women of Troy (15-5) took out No. 3 Johnston in the first round Thursday, then downed Urbandale in the drizzle Friday.

How do you top this? Simple.

“We’ll try to top this tomorrow,” Rosenthal said.

West meets Mississippi Valley Conference rival Cedar Rapids Kennedy for the championship at 1 p.m. Saturday. The top-ranked Cougars (19-0) handled Ankeny, 2-0, Friday.

Kennedy blanked West, 3-0, in the regular season.

“We have to keep playing the way we played today,” said Emma Winstead, who registered a goal and an assist.

The Women of Troy won a shootout Thursday, but showed little sign of fatigue the day after. West led, 2-0, at intermission, then held on.

“We did get a little tired at the end, but we kept going,” Winstead said.

Winstead got West on the board, converting a free kick from about 35 yards out at the 20-minute mark.

“I was just trying to keep it low,” she said. “I guess I kept it low enough.”

Twelve minutes later, Winstead assisted on a goal by Rachel Hegeman, another ninth-grader.

Urbandale (15-5) got within 2-1 on Maggie Conlon’s score with 34:55 left, but the Women of Troy denied the equalizer.

After the postgame handshakes, Rosenthal approached his jubilant team.

“You tell me, at the beginning of the season, would you have ever imagined this?” he said.

“Oh my God, ladies. Oh my God.”

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