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Creek Girls prevail in a deluge

CCA upends No. 8 Marion, 4-2

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana High School varsity girls’ soccer team finished the regular season Tuesday, May 21, at home, with a 4-2 win over the Marion Indians. The Indians, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A at the time, became the Creek Girls’ second win this season over a ranked team. CCA was unranked by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. It also marked the team’s fifth consecutive win, and happened during a wind-driven deluge.
The Indians hit the warpath early, scoring five minutes into the contest and holding off repeated attacks from the Clippers for a 1-0 advantage at halftime. Marion struck again three minutes into the second half for a 2-0 lead.
But then, the heavy overcast skies opened up, and so did the Creek Girls.
Sophomore Ellen Austin narrowed the gap to 2-1 with a goal six minutes into the second half with an assist from fellow sophomore Lauren Riggle. Sophomore Avery Woodward scored off of senior Amelia Pereira’s corner kick in the 53rd minute to make it a 2-2 contest.
“We currently lead the state in number of corner kicks taken, kind of a weird stat, but I guess it says we spend a lot of time near the opponent's goal,” CCA Coach Matt Harding noted.
Junior Carsyn Gallagher hit a screamer from the top of the box in the 56th minute off an assist from Riggle, giving the Clippers their first lead. Senior Georgie Schuerer bombed the Indians’ goal from 40 yards out with a kick seeming to waft back up in the easterly wind before dropping into the goal in the 71st minute.
The win improved the Clippers’ record to 12-4 as they handed the Indians their second loss of the season. Marion finished the regular season at 12-2.
Senior keeper Lillian Hennes made five saves in 80 minutes, and Harding gave a nod to Pereira, senior Erin O’Keefe, sophomore Peyton Grafft and junior Ellie Waterbury for keeping the Indians’ forwards at bay. He noted Marion’s attackers combined for 50 goals this season, making them a formidable challenge.
After the game, and as rain continued to fall, Schau, Schuerer, Alexi Kimm, Pereira, Liza Evans, Natalie Ritchie and Briana Smith were recognized in an abbreviated Senior Night celebration.
The postseason began Thursday, May 30 (after the deadline for this edition), with the Creek Girls facing the Washington Demons (8-8) in a Class 2A Region 3 quarterfinal. The winner advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday, May 28, at Bondurant-Farrar (10-6 as of Wednesday, May 22). Newton (8-7) faced South Tama (2-13) on May 30 with the winner taking on Dallas Center-Grimes (11-2) on May 28. The regional final is set for Monday, June 3, at the highest remaining ranked seed’s location starting at 6 p.m. Dallas Center-Grimes was third in Class 2A while Bondrurant-Farrar was 13th in the May 17 rankings.