The West team breathed a sigh of relief after Ankeny's Kasey Hurt scored a late insurance goal. Photo credit: Joe Nalefski
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 28, 2014 – Capturing a 4-2 victory, the West girls doubled up the East in each half of the 2014 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup this afternoon at Valley Stadium.
Sioux City Heelan’s Sam Tymkowicz and Dallas Center-Grimes’ Kalee Findlay scored in the 23rd and 27th minutes, and the West side never looked back.
“It feels really good,” said Tymkowicz, the game’s most valuable player. “All these girls are a very talented group. They’re all very driven. I’m proud to be part of this game.”
The East’s goals came from Class 3A champ Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Kaela Dickerman. The Louisville recruit scored in the 40th and final minute of the first half, and she pulled her team back within a goal in the 52nd minute – 10 minutes after Waukee’s Alyssa Hewitt stretched the lead to 3-1.
Drake-bound Kasey Hurt, from Ankeny, iced the match with a goal in the 75th minute.
“That was a nice bit of relief,” Tymkowicz said of Hurt’s late score. “It was nice to play the last few minutes without killing ourselves. It’s a fun way to close everyone’s high school careers, with some good competition.”
Preparing for her freshman season at Augustana (S.D.), Tymkowicz took the field today with two of her incoming Augie classmates: West teammate Mackenzie Main (West Des Moines Valley) and East-sider Kaylie Miller (Muscatine).
The all-star action continues tomorrow, with the boys’ edition of the East-West Cup set for a 5 p.m. kickoff. The games are organized by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association, presented by Soccer Connections and hosted by the Des Moines Menace.
Today’s game started a tripleheader scheduled to wrap up with matches for the Menace women (against Kansas City) and men (against Thunder Bay).
2014 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup (girls)
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 2 p.m. CDT
Weather: 80s, windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
EAST 1 1 2
WEST 2 2 4
EAST – Kaela Dickerman 40:00; Dickerman 52:00
WEST – Sam Tymkowicz 23:00; Kalee Findlay 27:00; Alyssa Hewitt 42:00; Kasey Hurt 75:00