Pella and Dallas Center-Grimes were paired up against each other in the first round of the 2019 Class 2A Girls State Soccer Tournament in Des Moines Thursday, June 6.
As was the case the first time the two squads faced off this year in Little Hawkeye Conference action, the Fillies came out on top as a ball was shot into the left corner of the net in overtime for the 1-0 Fillie win.
The winning shot was delivered by sophomore Corryn Wiggins in the eighth minute of the first overtime period.
The two teams had just played 80 minutes of regulation soccer. DC-G was the early leader as far as attacks on the goal, but the second half for the most part belonged to Pella High as they were literally assaulting the DC-G defense and their keeper.
It was a heart-breaking loss for the Dutch.
The Fillies beat Pella 2-1 back on May 7. That match was decided on penalty kicks. The latest meeting at Cownie Soccer Complex didn’t get that deep.
Looking at statistics the Des Moines meeting was a toss-up as the final score indicated with the Dutch holding an edge on shots on goal.
Pella won possession time 47:51 to 45:13.
The Dutch had 12 shots on goal compared to nine for DC-G.
Overall shots had Pella with a huge 27 to 14 advantage.
The Dutch simply couldn’t find the back of the net and that proved to be the difference.
Odds and Ends
It was DC-G’s 11th trip to State. Five starters were back on the Fillie team that played at State in 2018.
DC-G recorded their ninth shutout of the year with the win over Pella. The team improveto ot 14-2 overall with the win. Pella finished the season at 15-3.
The Lady Dutch under the direction of head Coach Mark Howard was making their 13th trip to State.
Seven starters were back from the 2018 Pella squad that played at State in the 2A semi-finals.
It was the end of a brilliant high school soccer career for Pella leading scorer Grace Held, who soared well over the 100 goal mark for her career during the season. She has 38 goals for the season, second most in the State.
Other Pella seniors who will graduate from the Dutch squad include Chloe Griffin, Jacque Lensing, Josie Lickteig and Caroline Bradley.
Coach Howard won his 100th career game during the 2019 campaign.
DC-G keeper Dakota Miles was credited with 12 saves in the match while Pella keeper Chloe Griffin totaled eight for the contest.
Coach Howard commented, “It was a nice/fun season. I will really miss the graduating seniors. We've grown very close the past decade of coaching them. Not only with the players but also their whole families. It's not like we won't see each other but it will be different. It was a fun season all in all.”
Another huge highlight for the Pella High Lady Dutch was a regular season win at home over No. 1 ranked Lewis Central Council Bluffs by the final of 3-2 back on May 11.
Returning starters back for the Lady Dutch in 2020 who started at State include the following: Hailey Kowzan, Macy Schulz, Ellie Howard, Camile Dixon, Sarah Semini and Emma Yoder.