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Iowa Mennonite, Williamsburg ready to crash the 1A boys' soccer state tournament

Quarterfinal games in all three classes begin Thursday in Des Moines

Iowa Mennonite’s Reggie Borntrager (12) and Gerardo Mendoza (5, right) celebrate a goal by Isaiah Swantz (1, center) during a game last season. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Iowa Mennonite’s Reggie Borntrager (12) and Gerardo Mendoza (5, right) celebrate a goal by Isaiah Swantz (1, center) during a game last season. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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DES MOINES — There are a couple of new faces at the boys’ soccer state tournament this season.

After years of near-misses, both Iowa Mennonite and Williamsburg are set to make their debut in the Class 1A bracket.

“We are all very excited,” Iowa Mennonite senior Cole Ours said. “It is something we’ve been striving for and looking forward to. … We know what we’re capable of if we play our best. We go out every day trying to do that.”

Quarterfinal round games in all classes begin Thursday at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.

Top-ranked Iowa City Regina (15-3) — the defending state champion and winner of six of the last nine titles — earned the No. 1 seed in the 1A field and will kick things off at noon against eighth-seeded Treynor (13-5).

Sixth-ranked Williamsburg (13-3) was awarded a No. 2 seed and will face Nevada (12-7) at 12:05.

“We were excited to see that,” Williamsburg Coach Ryan Sauser said. “Obviously everybody who makes the state tournament makes it for a reason, so it is going to be a tough game no matter who you draw.”

The debut comes with a bit of an asterisk for second-ranked Iowa Mennonite (18-1). IMS actually won a state championship when there was a fall state tournament (1994-00), but this will be its first appearance at the spring state tournament. Despite losing just once this season and owning victories over both Regina and Williamsburg, IMS was awarded a six seed and will face third-seeded Des Moines Christian (15-1) at 12:15.

“I asked (the team) what our expectations were and one of them said, ‘Win. Win the whole thing,’” IMS Coach Marcus Miller said. “There’s a hunger. I think with the way the seedings came out, some of the guys found that kind of irritating. I told them not to worry about it too much, but if it helps motivate them, I’m all for that.”

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That “hunger” seems to permeate the confident roster of both of the first-time entrants. IMS has won five games in a row since losing in its conference tournament May 12, while Williamsburg has won five of six since back-to-back losses to 2A No. 2 Marion and IMS.

“We’re never satisfied with anything until we get that state championship trophy,” Williamsburg senior Tucker Stanerson said. “It’s always (about) being hungry and doing the best that you can and just doing your best no matter what.”

Quarterfinal games in Class 2A begin at 2:30. After making its own state debut last season, undefeated Marion (15-0) returns and is seeded third. The Indians will play Newton (14-5) at 2:45.

Fifth-seeded Cedar Rapids Xavier (9-7) qualified for state for the 10th year in a row and will face No. 4 seed Dallas Center-Grimes (14-3) at 2:35.

In Class 3A, defending state champion Iowa City West (17-3) is in the field for a remarkable 18th time in 19 years. One year after winning the title as an eight seed, the Trojans begin their quest for a state-best 10th state championship from the No. 5 line against fourth-seeded Ankeny Centennial (15-4) at 5:05. Centennial defeated West on March 30, 1-0.

Second-seeded Cedar Rapids Prairie (14-1) is in the tournament for the second year in a row. The Hawks will play Ankeny (15-4) at 5:10.

Iowa City High (16-4) — winners of eight of nine games — earned a six seed and will play a 5:15 quarterfinal against Bettendorf (14-2), who the Little Hawks dispatched, 3-0, on April 28.

Boys' state soccer tournament

At Cownie Soccer Park, Des Moines 

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Class 1A

Quarterfinals — Thursday, May 31

No. 1 Iowa City Regina (15-3) vs. No. 8 Treynor (13-5), Noon

No. 4 Gilbert (13-7) vs. No. 5 Davenport Assumption (12-8), 12:05 p.m.

No. 2 Williamsburg (13-3) vs. No. 7 Nevada (12-7), 12:10 p.m.

No. 3 Des Moines Christian (15-1) vs. No. 6 Iowa Mennonite (18-1), 12:15 p.m. 

Semifinals — Friday June 1

Noon

12:05 p.m.

Championship — Saturday, June 2

Noon

Class 2A

Quarterfinals — Thursday, May 31

No. 1 Pella (16-2) vs. No. 8 Perry (11-10), 2:30 p.m.

No. 4 Dallas Center-Grimes (15-3) vs. No. 5 Cedar Rapids Xavier (9-7), 2:35 p.m.

No. 2 Storm Lake (16-0) vs. No. 7 Hudson (14-4), 2:40 p.m.

No. 3 Marion (15-0) vs. No. 6 Newton (14-5), 2:45 p.m. 

Semifinals — Friday, June 1

2:30 p.m.

2:35 p.m.

Championship — Saturday, June 2

2:30 p.m.

Class 3A

Quarterfinals — Thursday, May 31

No. 1 West Des Moines Valley (18-1) vs. No. 8 Waukee (12-5), 5 p.m.

No. 4 Ankeny Centennial (15-4) vs. No. 5 Iowa City West (17-3), 5:05 p.m.

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No. 2 Cedar Rapids Prairie (14-1) vs. No. 7 Ankeny (15-4), 5:10 p.m.

No. 3 Bettendorf (14-2) vs. No. 6 Iowa City High (16-4), 5:15 p.m. 

Semifinals — Friday, June 1

5 p.m.

5:05 p.m.

Championship — Saturday, June 2

5 p.m.

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