DES MOINES — Win or lose Saturday, it will be the end of an era in Iowa City Regina athletics.
Senior Isaac Vollstedt will represent the Regals on an athletic field for the final time, the last in a line of three multi-sport brothers who helped Regina win 10 combined state championships between soccer and football.
“It’s been great just being able to follow up in both my brothers' footsteps,” Vollstedt said after No. 1 Regina shut out fourth-seeded Gilbert, 2-0, in a Class 1A state semifinal Friday at Cownie Soccer Park. “Be where they’ve been and do what they’ve been doing. It’s an honor.”
Vollstedt has been part of a dominant defensive unit for the Regals, who have not allowed a goal in either of their two state tournament games. Vollstedt can win his second soccer state title Saturday when Regina (17-3) plays third-seeded Des Moines Christian (17-1) in the state championship game at noon.
“It’s kind of a humbling feeling knowing that I can do what my brothers did,” Vollstedt said. “Being the last game, it is going to be kind of bittersweet but it’s going to be real nice. Hopefully we can come out on top.”
Vollstedt was also part of two state title football teams from 2014-15. Oldest brother Jacob Vollstedt graduated in 2012 with two state championships in football (2010-11) and three in soccer (2009-11). Middle brother Ryan Vollstedt was a freshman on the 2011 soccer title team, then closed his prep career with back-to-back championships in 2013-14.
Isaac Vollstedt will play college football this fall for Division-II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State, where Jacob won three national titles (2013, 2015-16).
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“They’re always 100 percent with you,” Regina Coach Rick Larew said. “Each of them has another sport that might be their primary sport. They’re just great kids from a great family, great competitors and they’re always just a great part of the team.”
Senior Nate Green broke a scoreless tie in the 20th minute for Regina with his third goal of the season off an assist from freshman Alec Wick.
“Someone on the right side played a perfect ball to Alec Wick,” Green said. “I see him, we have a connection, hits it right to me. I knew what he was trying to do with it. Hits it, I take a touch and put it in the back of the net. Goal.”
Regina freshman Anthony Knepper added an insurance goal — his first this season — less than three minutes later.
Gilbert ends its season at 14-8.
Regina is in the 1A final for the seventh time in 10 years. In six previous appearances, the Regals are undefeated with six state championships. A seventh would tie them with Cedar Rapids Xavier for second-most in state history across all three classes.
“We just tell our kids, ‘Just play our game,’” Larew said.
CLASS 1A STATE SEMIFINAL
No. 1 Iowa City Regina 2, No. 4 Gilbert 0
Goals — Nate Green 1 (3), Anthony Knepper 1 (1). Assist — Alec Wick 1 (3).
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