Bishop Heelan accepts their trophy after a 2-0 loss to Davenport Assumption on Friday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -
Top-ranked Bishop Heelan fell to the three-time defending champions from Davenport Assumption, 2-0, in the Class 1A semifinals on Friday. Heelan is now 1-4 all-time against Assumption at state including losses in the 1A title games in 2012 and 2013.
The first half a game of counter attacks and missed opportunities. Heelan's Tristan Beaulieu was strong in net. Off a free kick from the Knights' Rose Ripslinger, the junior keeper dove to the far side for the save to keep the match scoreless.
But in the 32nd minute the four-time Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year will not be denied. Ripslinger's first attempt banged off the post, but she stayed with it to get the putback and it's 1-0 Assumption at the half.
"They crashed hard and just finished," Beaulieu said. "It was a good effort by them."
With less than eight minutes to play in the game, freshman Shelly Moore scored to ice the game and make it 2-0.
"You know, we are two very strong teams," Tymkowicz said after the loss. "They always turn out like this battling back and forth. This year we tried so hard and we fought for every second of the game and it didn't go our way."
"Late in the second half we got a lot of opportunities, a lot of shots and really had Assumption back on their heels," Head Coach Jared Bodammer said. "We needed one to go and I think it would have changed the game."
Heelan ends the season with a 19-2 record.
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