TIFFIN — The Washington Demons woke a sleeping giant. Four and-a-half minutes into the season opener between Washington and Clear Creek Amana Monday, April 2, a Demon scored a goal. Sara Bleeker’s Clippers went to battle stations and delivered a withering attack, ending 11 goals later under the 10-goal mercy rule.
“It would’ve been a really different game if we hadn’t come back,” Bleeker told her ladies after the match. The early score shocked the Clippers, Bleeker said, and rallied them to an awesome performance.
The Clippers took the first half 4-1 led by two goals from Megan Hall, as well as goals from Emma Bormann and Becca Steiff.
Hall picked up the Hat Trick with her third goal two minutes into the second half. Fran Strub also pulled off a Hat Trick with her trio of goals, including the game-ender with nearly 10 minutes to go. Kelsey Hall scored twice in the half and Liz Hergert knocked one in as well.
Bleeker attributed her squad’s fitness level as a defining key to victory, reminding them that while Washington’s crew was starting to fade, “we were still going strong!”
The Clippers enter the 2012 season ranked 15th in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its preseason rankings, released April 2. Davenport Assumption was ranked number one and Solon was in the 11th spot.