CEDAR RAPIDS — Nick Pechous put in work to be healthy and ready for his senior season.
Following a Class 1A first team all-state junior campaign for the Iowa City Regina boys’ soccer team, Pechous suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in October during club play.
“I worked hard and got cleared just last month,” Pechous said after posting a goal and an assist as top-ranked Regina defeated No. 6 Dyersville Beckman, 2-1, in a 60-minute game Saturday at Tuma Soccer Complex. “When I came back, I knew this was my senior year and I was not going to let anything bring us down. We just have keep things the way they’re going and have a good season.”
Pechous scored 18 goals and posted seven assists in 18 games last season as the Regals won their sixth state championship in nine seasons. The Loras signee is off to a quick start this year with seven goals and two assists in the first four games for Regina (5-0).
“I feel 100 percent,” Pechous said. “I’ve gotten off to a good start. I’ve gotten my fitness back up. I can run a whole 80 minutes if I wanted to. I’ve started off the season good, moving off the ball and this is definitely the best start to a season I’ve ever had.”
Beckman (2-3) got on the scoreboard first when sophomore Tom Jaeger scored his first goal of the season in the 10th minute, which turned out to be the only shot on goal for the Blazers.
Eight minutes into the second half, Pechous tied the game at 1-1 when a shot by senior Nate Green bounced off the Beckman goalkeeper to Pechous in front of the goal.
With four minutes left in the game, Pechous assisted on the go-ahead goal to fellow senior Kieler Brown, a duo that combined for 30 scores last season.
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“I saw it was a throw-in and no one seemed to be marking me up,” Brown said. “Nick gave me a little nod and I knew that he was going to go for the layoff. He just made a good play and it was a good team play. Just got it to go.”
Regina defeated second-ranked Davenport Assumption, 3-0, in another 60-minute game later in the day.
“I was very pleased with how we did,” Regina Coach Rich Larew said. “The shortened game sure makes everything so much more intense. You don’t think of that extra 10 minutes per half making a big difference, but it does. … A shorter time period changes how you’re going to play.”
AT TUMA SOCCER COMPLEX
Class 1A No. 1 Iowa City Regina 2, No. 6 Dyersville Beckman 1
Goals — ICR: Nick Pechous 1 (7), Kieler Brown 1 (1); DB — Tom Jaeger 1 (1).
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