Bishop Heelan is 10-0 and ranked second in Class 1A.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
There are only five undefeated girls soccer teams left in Iowa. Bishop Heelan is one of them. At 10-0, the Crusaders are ranked second in Class 1A.
This week's Sports Fource Champions win the old-fashioned way -- with defense.
In Heelan's ten wins this season, they've given up just four goals, with seven shutouts. Even more amazing, they've held their opponents to just 17 shots all season.
"We have six seniors on our team and all six have signed on to play college soccer somewhere," said head coach Jared Bodammer. "Four of them start on our back line so we definitely have a lot of experience and I think that helps."
The Crusaders have scored a relatively low 34 goals this season. Senior Sam Tymkowicz leads the way with 13 goals. Nine teams in Class 1A have scored more than Heelan.
"Our defense has really been the core of our team so far this season and kind of held things together as our offense has been developing," added Bodammer.
"They're great at passing the ball," said Tymkowicz. "They're great at finding little space to get the ball into. We're good at finding people at the other end on our crosses and whoever finishes, finishes."
Heelan has been the state runner-up each of the last two seasons, both times to Davenport Assumption, who is again the only team ranked ahead of the Crusaders in Class 1A.
"We're never satisfied," said Bodammer. "That's something with coaches, you're just never satisfied. Our team is really like that as well. They know how good they can be and they want to keep striving to get better and better every day in practice."
"For us to reach that goal, it's going to take a lot of practice, a lot of dedication and a lot of hard work," said Tymkowicz. "We've been practicing every day for two hours and we know that if we want to win it, we have to make the most of that time."
The 1A girls soccer regionals start June 3rd, and the state tournament starts June 12th in Des Moines.
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