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Regals sink Clippers’ perfect record

IC Regina wins 2-1 over CCA

IOWA CITY– The streak is over.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers girls varsity soccer team had gone eight games without a loss. The Regals of Iowa City Regina ended that streak with a 2-1 win over CCA in Iowa City on Tuesday May 5.
It was a contest between the No. 2 (Regina) and No. 4 (CCA) teams in Class 1A as ranked by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union on Friday, May 1.
The Regals’ first goal went in 15 minutes into the match after a shot bounced off of CCA keeper Sarah Johnson’s hands, was recovered by another Regal, and knocked in to score. Megan Hall drove up to the Regina goal and fired a shot to tie the match in the 28th minute.
Regina’s tie-breaking, and game-winning, goal came five minutes into the second half in curious fashion. Initially the shot was not called a goal and the Clippers began moving the ball down the far side of the field. However, play was stopped and the goal was called.
Clipper coach Matt Harding wasn’t sure what happened or how the call was made.
“I didn’t have a good angle on where he (the referee) was at to make that call,” Harding said, “But gosh, you hate to see a call like that decide a game that was contested so well by both teams. Both teams played really hard tonight.”
Harding called the decision and ultimate outcome unfortunate and added, “It’s something we have to be prepared for, there’s going to be calls, sometimes, that don’t go your way.”
He credited the Clippers for staying composed in the aftermath.
“We were still finding ways to be dangerous and take the chances we had. We had a couple of good looks there at the end.” Harding said.
Despite numerous attacks by Hall and Hannah Bormann, the Clippers were denied the opportunity to score.
“It’s 2-1, it’s our first loss, that’s tough and it’s something we’re going to have to deal with.” Harding added.
With the end of the season close at hand, Harding said the team was focusing on securing the first conference championship in the program’s history.
“It was good to have a competitive game like this and be pressured like this,” he said. “We’ve definitely got some things to work on going forward.”
The Clippers are back on their home turf Friday, May 15, as Western Dubuque visits, and again on Monday, May 18, to take on Waterloo Columbus. Both games start at 5 p.m. with the junior varsity to follow.
The season wraps up with a pair of road trips; to Mount Vernon on Tuesday, May 19, and West Delaware on Wednesday, May 27.