DES MOINES - Jacob Hutzell and Jonah Waldron did the majority of the celebrating as rain spit down on the pitch at Cownie Soccer Park yesterday afternoon, and rightfully so; they were responsible for all three goals that found the back of the net.
But back at midfield, watching the fireworks in front of him was the man of the match.
Keegan Mumma, take a bow.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City junior Kirk Greenley (3) out jumps ADM goalkeeper Jake Feldman (in blue) and his teammate Tyler Reicks (24) and looks for the header goal off a corner kick early in yesterday’s Class 2A state quarterfinal match at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines. Greenley’s shot sailed wide of the mark and it was one of the few good looks the Lynx had at the goal, as the Tigers sailed through to the semifinals with a 3-0 victory.
Mumma, a senior midfielder for ADM Adel, put the clamps on Webster City star forward Caleb Crouthamel from the moment the ball was laid on the turf, and he set the tone for what turned out to be a frustrating day offensively for the Lynx during the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A boys' state soccer tournament.
For just the second time this season, 12th-ranked Webster City (18-3-1) stared at a goose egg on its side of the scoreboard and No. 8 ADM (17-4) scored one goal in the first half and two more after the intermission to advance to the semifinals with a 3-0 victory. The Tigers, who are the first team to rack up three goals on the Lynx since Ballard did it in the opening match of the season on April 5, will face Dubuque Wahlert (12-6-1) in today's semifinals.
"They were very good defensively, and (Mumma) did his job and he did it well," WCHS head coach Craig Signorin said after his team's 14-match win streak came to an end. "I don't think he really frustrated Caleb, but those two were fun to watch in the middle, just going at it the whole game."
State Quarterfinal Round Scores
Waterloo Columbus 1, MOC-Floyd Valley 0
Iowa City Regina 1, Council Bluffs St. Albert 0
Nevada 1, Dyersville Beckman 0
West Liberty 1, Solon 0
Dubuque Wahlert 4, Clear Creek-Amana 1
ADM 3, Webster City 0
Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji 4, Pella 1
Norwalk 2, Cedar Rapids Xavier 1
Iowa City West 8, Sioux City West 0
Ames 2, Ankeny 1 (2 OT/PK)
WDM Valley 1, Iowa City High 0
Johnston 3, Bettendorf 0
Hutzell, a sophomore forward, posted all three goals for the Tigers, who won for the first time at the state tournament in four appearances. Waldron, a two-time all-state performer and future Drake Bulldog, assisted on the first two goals.
But even Tigers' head coach Bill Shields recognized who his star performer was following the match.
"The man of the match was Keegan Mumma and all of the guys at midfield," Shields said. "We did our homework and we knew (Crouthamel) was going to be the danger man, but (Mumma) played really well."
WCHS owned a 10-7 shots on goal advantage, and the Lynx took six corner kicks to the Tigers' three. Crouthamel, who had two and sometimes three Tiger defenders biting at his heels, got just one crack at the goal. He finished his season with 26 goals and a school-record 55 in his career.
WCHS had two clear shots at the net in the opening 10 minutes of play. Kirk Greenley soared into the air and got his head on a corner kick, but his shot sailed just right of the goal, and a few minutes later Jonny Davis got his foot on the ball from close range after Tigers' goalkeeper Jake Feldman whiffed on securing possession, but ADM defender Anthony Weiland got his foot in front of the ball and sent it out of the box a split second before Davis could boot it home.
Those were the last good opportunities the Lynx had at breaking through.
"Everyone needs that first goal in those first 10 minutes. If you get that, it sets the tone for the whole game, but it didn't happen for us," Signorin said. "We just didn't have our best stuff out there (yesterday), but the boys worked hard for 80 minutes and that's all you can ask for. It's sad because it just didn't go our way."
Hutzell broke the scoreless tie in the 14th minute with his 12th goal of the season, as he won a one-on-one battle with Lynx goalkeeper Austin Koons by slamming it in the high side on the left. WCHS had Waldron doubled as he worked the ball down the left side, but Hutzell was able to sneak in behind on the opposite flank and Waldron found him in stride.
"I think that first goal took a lot out of Webster City and I don't know if they ever recovered from it," Shields said. "But they're a lovely team and I think (Signorin) has done a marvelous job. (Lynx forwards Garrett Gourley and Jonny Davis) up front were really dangerous, and (junior midfielder Christian Lemus) is such a sweet player."
It remained 1-0 until a little over 5 minutes were gone in the second half when Waldron again found Hutzell wide open in front of the net, and he powered it over Koons' head for a 2-0 advantage.
Hutzell capped his afternoon with a steal in the 78th minute, and again Koons had no support. The junior keeper dove left and got a hand on the ball, but the shot still splashed in the back of the net.
"(Waldron) was definitely their playmaker and (Hutzell) did his job," Signorin said. "They finished almost every shot they got and you can't do too much about that."
Koons had three saves, including a nifty snag on a rifle shot by Waldron from the left side in the 58th minute.