MOC-Floyd Valley lost 2-1 to Clear Lake at the state soccer tournament on Thursday.
Iowa starting holding a spring state boys soccer tournament in 1995. In that time, just one Siouxland team has won a state championship. That was Spencer in 2009.
MOC-Floyd Valley, Bishop Heelan and Sioux City West all played first round games.
In Class 2A, top-seeded Bishop Heelan faced the two-time defending champs from Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Heelan trailed 1-0 at the half but tied it in the second half. Xavier headed the ball backwards into their own goal and it was 1-1.
The saints got the goal right back. Joshua Hoffman put a quick shot past the Heelan keeper in the 59th minute for a 2-1 Xavier lead.
Late in regulation, the Crusaders were getting desperate. Connor Gill assisted to Joe Kipp for the equalizer and we would head to extra time tied 2-2.
Just over two minutes into overtime, Xavier dropped the ball down in front of Jerry Duball and he puts away the game winner as Heelan falls to Xavier 3-2 in OT.
"I'm thinking we still have a chance to win this," said senior Joe Kipp. "We just got to go out there and try our best and keep going hard, but obviously that didn't work out. We had a great season though."
"It's disappointing to lose a game in overtime but on the other hand we're a very young team," said head coach George Tsiobanos. "We have eight freshman on this squad. Some started tonight so we'll be coming back again."
In Class 1A, MOC-Floyd Valley made their fourth straight appearance at state, facing Clear Lake.
Dutch got on the board first in the 14th minute when Efraiun Anzua fed Brady Schutt for the 1-0 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Dutch were called for a handball in the box. That gave the Lions a penalty shot. Clear Lake's Antonio DiMarco put it home for the equalizer and the Lions would score 30 seconds later as they go on to win 2-1, knocking MOC-Floyd Valley out of the tournament.
"It's really frustrating," said MOC-FV sophomore Brady Schutt. "It's two years in a row now that we had the lead and then we gave it up. It's a tough thing to follow."
"This season was just another example of the character of my guys, working hard, working as a team and continuing to build this program," said head coach David Miedema. "We'll be back next year. We're excited for next year."
The Dutch finish 11-6.
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