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Stormin’ Pointers sweep The Creek

CPU defeats CCA in varsity soccer doubleheader
CPU’s Brandon Dreier (right) tries to pull CCA’s J.J. Denny away from the ball Thursday, April 19, in Tiffin. The Stormin’ Pointers sank the Clippers, 2-1. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity girls’ and boys’ soccer teams faced Center Point-Urbana in a home doubleheader Thursday, April 19, after a soggy pitch in Center Point forced the boys’ match to Tiffin.
The visitors ruled the evening as the Pointer girls sank the Clippers 7-0 and CPU’s boys capsized CCA, 2-1.
Lillian Hennes made nine saves and was the victim of seven goals in 80 minutes of play for the Creek Girls while Blake Malli made four saves and allowed two goals for the Creek Boys. Christian Romero put in CCA’s only goal of the night with an assist by Trevor King.
The CCA girls dropped to 2-3 ahead of Adel’s tournament on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, where they fell to Glenwood (2-0), Waverly-Shell Rock (7-0) and Council Bluffs, St. Albert (6-0).
“The game plan was to do everything we could to avoid giving up corners and avoid fouling them to give up free kicks,” girls head coach Matt Harding said. “They’re (CPU) pretty efficient at converting those chances.” The Pointers are also fully loaded this season with nine returning starters from last year’s Class 1A runner up title. CPU was also ranked No.2 in Class 1A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s weekly rankings released on Thursday, April 19.
“In the end, it was a great learning experience for the team. Our keeper, Lillian Hennes, was finally able to do some things in terms of distributing the ball, and coming off her line to stop shots, that I hadn’t seen from her yet this year,” Harding added. “If she continues to develop, then I think we’ll be a tough out for most any team once we get around to the postseason.”
CCA’s boys dropped to 1-4.
Williamsburg will be CCA’s opponent on Friday, April 27, with the boys traveling to the Raiders’ field for a 4:30 p.m. start while the girls will host at 5:30 p.m. The Creek Boys head for Pella on Saturday, April 28, and the girls are in Vinton at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30.