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West beats City in final-seconds thriller

Pottratz kicks winning goal
Payton Pottratz scores the game-winning goal with 15-seconds remaining Monday, May 18, against City High. Pottratz’s goal gave the West High Women of Troy the 2-1 edge, beating their cross town rival and staying undefeated. (photos by Chris Umscheid)

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over rival City High Monday, May 18, at the University of Iowa soccer field, doing it in dramatic fashion.
A scoreless first half gave way to the Little Hawk’s scoring with nine minutes remaining.
Regan Steigleder booted in a goal on a free kick with 5:26 remaining to tie. West coach Dave Rosenthal talked after the game about her kick, “Reagan keeps telling me, ‘Dave, I’m good at free kicks, I’m good at free kicks.’ I looked at her and I said, ‘OK, go for it,’ and that one was just under the (cross) bar just enough.”
The high point of the annual drama came with 15 seconds remaining when Payton Pottratz took a pass from Morgan Schmitt-Morris and fired a shot at the Little Hawks’ goal and keeper Gracie Steve. The ball bounced off of Steve’s hands and into the net for the win.
“Michael Prunty (first-year coach for City High) has them organized, and we knew coming into this game, they were going to be battling,” Rosenthal said, noting City’s performances with Linn-Mar (0-1 loss) and Dubuque Hempstead (3-2 win) meant it would be a tough fight for the Women of Troy.
“It really did prove to be a good one,” he added.
West has a semifinal round bye in Class 3A Region 7 postseason play and will face the winner of a Wednesday, June 3, contest between Cedar Rapids Prairie and Cedar Rapids Jefferson. West will play that matchup’s winner at home on Monday, June 8, starting at 6 p.m. in a regional final for the right to compete in the state championships in Des Moines.