The East girls were coached by Ann and Rick Larew from Iowa City Regina. Co-MVPS were Hayley Krogh (orange jersey) and Jenna Stremlow (pink).
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 25, 2016 – In the girls’ 2016 Iowa High School All-Star game, the East team struck early, preserved the shutout with some skillful goalkeeping, and tacked on a pair of late goals for a 3-0 victory today at Valley Stadium.
The goals came from Western Dubuque’s Madison Simon (17th minute), Iowa City Regina’s Jenny Wick (70th) and Davenport North’s Coral Dille (78th). The goalkeeping heroics came from Hudson’s Hayley Krogh and Clinton’s Jenna Stremlow, who were named co-MVPs.
“It felt great to get that first goal. It gave us a leg up,” said first-half keeper Krogh, a Wartburg signee. “We were all a little nervous playing together for the first time. I thought it was weird – in a good way – how we gelled. It was an awesome experience.”
The West had its chances to tie the match. Hailey Gross (Nodaway Valley/AC/WCV) nearly scored in the 41st and 51st minutes – first a long-distance blast denied by Stremlow, then a shot that clanged the cross-bar.
Adel-DeSoto-Minburn’s Carmen Angel almost delivered an equalizer in the 67th minute. Her lofted shot got caught up in the wind, and Stremlow made an acrobatic save by batting it out of bounds.
“The wind just took it and the ball went way over my head,” said Stermlow. “Fortunately, I was able to get back there and get a hand on it.”
The East held on, despite playing with fewer players on a steamy afternoon. Due to four game-day withdrawals, the Eastsiders started the match with just two field players on the bench. They finished it with just one, as Southeast Polk’s Madie Edwards left with a broken ankle midway through the second half.
Still, they held the West scoreless, and Stremlow agreed with Krogh that it was a positive all-star experience.
“It was an honor to play with this top-notch team,” said Stremlow, who will continue her career with the Monmouth (Ill.) Fighting Scots. “I wish this was my team for life.”
Bringing together the state’s top graduating seniors, the East-West All-Star Cup is hosted by the Des Moines Menace. The Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association organizes the cup for boys and girls games, which are presented by Soccer Master.
2016 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
Venue: Valley Stadium (turf field) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Weather: 80s, super-windy; sunny at the start and overcast at the end
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
EAST 1 2 3
WEST 0 0 0
EAST – Madison Simon 17:00; Jenny Wick (Alesha Duccini) 70:00; Coral Dille 78:00
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. The Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL) and is in its 23rd season. In their fifth season, the Menace women play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). With loyal support, the Menace men’s and women’s teams play their home games at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines to provide family-fun entertainment. The Menace organization provides the growth of the game of soccer in Iowa with their youth soccer programs, including Junior Menace (ages 3-9), Menace Youth Academy (ages seven and older), and camps, clinics and tournaments.
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