The East (red) and West girls kicked off a tripleheader hosted by the Des Moines Menace at Valley Stadium.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 27, 2015 – The West girls cruised to a 6-1 victory and the East boys struck late in a 2-0 result that forced a split in Iowa’s 2015 high school all-star games.
Bringing together the state’s top graduating seniors, the East-West All-Star Cups were hosted by the Des Moines Menace at Valley Stadium this afternoon. The Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association organized the games, which were presented by Soccer Connections.
GIRLS: WEST 6, EAST 1
Though West Des Moines Dowling didn’t end the season with a win, its captains and coaches did.
Two weeks after coming up just short in the Class 3A Championship, the state finalists were well-represented in today’s all-star opener. Bailey Bravard, Sarah Kelly and Haley DeHaes stepped on the field together one last time, and they left as champions. With two goals each, Bravard and Kelly shared MVP honors.
Bravard chested and volleyed a beautiful goal in the third minute, and she stretched the lead to 3-0 in the 28th minute, right after Johnston’s Emily Lehman found the net.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Bravard, a Kansas signee. “That first goal set the tone for the game. It hyped everyone and put us in a good spot early on.”
Dowling head coach JP Pearson and his assistants guided the West all-stars. “Having them with us was just icing on the cake,” Bravard said.
Putting the game out of reach, Kelly scored goals in the 53rd and 73rd minutes.
“That was a great way to end,” Kelly said. “The season was great, and this ends it on a high point. It’s an honor to be part of this game.”
Bravard, Kelly and DeHaes have been club-soccer teammates since middle school and fixtures in the Maroons’ starting lineup since their freshmen season. The best friends shared captaincy as seniors for a team that fell 1-0 to Iowa City West in the title match on June 13 at Cownie Soccer Park.
Linn-Mar’s Olivia Garcia scored East’s lone goal a split-second ahead of the halftime whistle, and Urbandale’s Mallary Erbes closed the scoring in the 76th minute.
BOYS: EAST 2, WEST 0
Following the girls’ high-scoring affair, the boys’ match was a defensive grind that stood scoreless through the first 68 minutes.
The East broke through when Davenport Assumption’s Jacob Phillips slotted home a penalty kick. The East-siders tacked on a late goal, tapped in by Linn-Mar’s Ben Johnson, in the final 20 seconds of the 80-minute match.
Cedar Rapids Washington goalkeeper Gunnar Lenzen was named the MVP after making a series of clutch saves to preserve the clean sheet. When his halftime substitute – Newton’s Grant Davidson – was forced to leave the match with a shoulder injury sustained in the 55th minute, Lenzen stepped back in and rose to the occasion.
“You’re always ready to go in, but sometimes you don’t think it’s going to happen,” Lorenzen said. “All I thought about was ‘Keep the shutout going.’”
He did just that, and the East boys got the win, a year after the West boys and girls swept.
“It’s nice to see where you stand against some of the best players in the state, and it’s nice to help the team,” said Lorenzen, a future Wartburg Knight who has made the all-state second team the last two years. “It’s awesome to be able to finish with a win.”
Today’s all-star action started a tripleheader capped by the Menace’s 2-0 win over Premier Development League rival Thunder Bay.
2015 Iowa East-West All-Star Cups
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff times: Girls at 2:30 p.m.; Boys at 4:30 p.m.
Weather: 80s, sunny
GIRLS’ Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
EAST 1 0 1
WEST 3 3 6
EAST – Olivia Garcia 40:00
WEST – Bailey Bravard 3:00; Emily Lehman 27:00; Bravard 28:00; Sarah Kelly 53:00; Kelly 73:00; Mallary Erbes 76:00
BOYS’ Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
EAST 0 2 2
WEST 0 0 0
EAST – Jacob Phillips PK 69:00; Ben Johnson 80:00