The West boys (red jerseys) struck early and often in this all-star match. Photo credit: Jayde Vogeler
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Right out of the gate, the West boys were off and running in today’s Iowa High School All-Star Game.
Sioux City West’s Esake Hasen scored transition goals in the first and seventh minutes, and his side rolled to a 6-2 victory at Valley Stadium.
The West also struck with back-to-back goals early in the second half. North Polk’s Ben Hawkins (43rd minute) and Des Moines Christian’s Ben Webster (46th minute, assisted by Storm Lake’s Kevin Duque) sealed the win – the West’s third straight in this summer classic.
Hawkins scored again in the 70th minute, finishing a fantastic through-ball from Waukee’s Connor Wallace. Duque closed the scoring in the 79th minute.
Newton’s Matthew Yeager scored the East goals in the 56th and 75th minutes, with the second one assisted by Iowa City West’s Ahmed Abdalla.
A showcase of 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.
The all-star action opened a doubleheader capped by the Menace’s Premier Development League rivalry match with the Thunder Bay Chill.
The girls all-stars take their turn next Saturday (June 23) at 5 p.m., also at Valley Stadium, also preceding a Menace home match (against Kaw Valley FC).
Related link: The 2018 all-star rosters
2018 Iowa East-West All-Star Cup
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Venue: Valley Stadium (artificial turf) in West Des Moines, Iowa
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Weather: 90s, sunny and windy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
EAST 0 2 2
WEST 2 4 6
WEST – Esake Hasen 1
WEST – Hasen 7
WEST – Broc Hawkins 43
WEST – Ben Webster (Kevin Duque) 46
EAST – Matthew Yeager 56
WEST – Hawkins (Connor Wallace) 70
EAST – Yeager (Ahmed Abdalla) 75
WEST – Duque 79
ABOUT THE MENACE: The Des Moines Menace provides the highest level of soccer in Iowa. In its 25th season, the Menace men’s team competes in the Premier Development League (PDL). In its seventh 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.