Hawks earn bid to finals
The ultimate prize is only 80 minutes away, and even the rain can’t dampen the Mid-Prairie boys’ soccer team’s spirits.
After a 2-0 win over Dyersville-Beckman, the Golden Hawks earned a spot in the state championship game, where they will face conference opponent Regina.
The game was originally set for Saturday, but due to the weather that cruised through Iowa, was moved back to Tuesday.
“They are pumped up,” head coach Pat Cady said. “Ever since we rolled into Des Moines, the whole attitude is that we didn’t come to Des Moines because we made it, we came here because we want to win it. They are starting to get a little tired right now, but we have everybody healthy, so we have full rotation.”
First-team all-state member Austin Errthum started the scoring in the semifinal game, on a penalty kick 20 minutes into the game.
Later in the first half, Nick Stimson found himself in the right place, and found the back of the net with 4:35 left to take a 2-0 lead.
That lead would hold the rest of the way, as the Golden Hawk defense managed to keep the top-ranked team in the state out of the net the entire game.
“We controlled pretty much the entire game,” Cady said. “When we came out we had five or six quick attacks and good shots. We took control of the game early and took them out of what we were trying to do. They had to try to figure out how to stop us, because we were the most aggressive team.”
Wyatt Cady, along with Errthum, was named to the 1A All-State first team squad.
The Golden Hawks will make a bid for the state title on Tuesday at noon.