Gilbert's Olivia Stearns (diving) was the MVP for the 2017 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup. Photo credit: Joe Sprunger
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 24, 2017 – The West girls raced to a two-goal lead, fell behind, and eventually scored a couple more times for a 4-3 victory.
Olivia Stearns’ header goal in the 71st minute stood as the final tally in today’s high-scoring Iowa High School All-Star Game at Valley Stadium.
Waukee’s Rebecca Corbett started the scoring party less than 45 seconds into the match. And, when West Des Moines Valley’s Leah Lodermeier scored eight minutes later, it appeared the West side might cruise to a one-sided victory.
But Newton’s Ryanne Raush rallied the East. She scored in the 25th and 65th minutes, sandwiching a goal from Pella’s Katie VanderMolen in the 43rd minute.
The East’s lead lasted for only three minutes.
Valley’s Haley Waseskuk evened the match in the 68th minute, and Brooke Harold from Abraham Lincoln (Council Bluffs) delivered a cross-pass that found Stearns’ head three minutes after that.
“That was a great cross, and it felt good to get that goal,” said Stearns, a Gilbert grad. “Since time was running out, we hoped it would seal the deal.”
It did, with the West holding on for the victory one year after the East won 3-0.
Today’s scoring total matched the girls’ 2015 all-star scoring spree – a 6-1 West win.
“It was fun to play with people from all over the state,” Stearns said. “Both teams had a strong attacking mindset. I was surprised by how back-and-forth it was.”
Showcasing the state’s top graduated 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.
Today’s all-star action opened a doubleheader capped by the Menace’s Premier Development League match with Chicago FC United.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Gilbert’s Olivia Stearns, for her game-winning header. Stearns is a Class-2A All-State selection who will be continuing her soccer career at Northern Iowa.
Today, Stearns played alongside Sporting Iowa club teammates Rebecca Corbett (Waukee), Ashlee Eaton (Waukee), Leah Lodermeier (Valley), Paige Sieren (Johnston, and joining Stearns at UNI), Haley Waseskuk (Valley). All four of the West’s goals came from this Sporting Iowa lineup.
Related links: Girls’ all-star rosters ★ Boys’ all-star rosters ★ Boys’ all-star recap
2017 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.
Weather: 70s, sunny, windy – great soccer weather
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
EAST 1 2 3
WEST 2 2 4
EAST – Ryanne Rausch 25:00; Katie VanderMolen 43:00; Ryanne Rausch (Abby Stephenson) 65:00
WEST – Rebecca Corbett 1:00; Leah Lodermeier 9:00; Haley Weaseskuk 68:00; Olivia Stearns (Brooke Harold) 71:00
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 24th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its sixth season, the Menace women’s team is part of 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 six and older), and tournaments, camps and clinics.