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Trojans upset Hempstead on Senior Night

Iowa City West wins, 3-1
West High’s Bennett Luethje (left) attempts to ward off Hempstead’s Ryan Weber in varsity action on Senior Night at West High Friday, May 22. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– West High coach Brad Stiles told the crowd assembled for Senior Night recognition Friday, May 22, it had been a season full of ups and downs. Beating the top-ranked team in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division 3-1 was certainly an “up.”
The Trojans, number two-ranked in the Valley Division, pulled off the Senior Night upset after a shaky start.
The Mustangs scored eight minutes into the game and held the Trojans scoreless for the remainder of the first half.
Max Donta, a senior, put West High on the scoreboard with his tying goal in the 58th-minute, touching off a Trojan offensive effort. Alex Infelt (junior) and Khalid Osman (junior) followed up with the tiebreaker and insurance goals.
The win dropped Hempstead to 13-2 overall and improved West to 11-7 heading into substate action with the state championships in Des Moines on the line.
The Trojans earned a first-round bye and will face the winner of a Tuesday, May 26, clash between Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Muscatine. The winner will meet the Trojans at home on Thursday, May 28, in a Class 3A Substate 7 Semifinal.
The winner plays at City High on Saturday, May 30, at high noon for the substate final.
The state tournament runs Thursday, June 4, through Saturday, June 6, at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.