#10-ranked North Polk upsets #5-ranked Denver
By Sean Kiefer

Another chance at state was all the Lady Cyclones wanted. It would be rewarding to everyone, especially the seniors, who’ve stood up as leaders this season, including Emma Larson, Jenna Haase, and Annie Place. The Class 2A Region 4 girls’ soccer finals took place at the Denver Athletic Complex on June 4.

The whole game was neck and neck, with the intensity of the two teams balancing each other out and creating a very close game. North Polk had the first goal of the game from a penalty shot setting the score to 1-0.

Time went by and, after many times going back and forth down the field, Lila Meyer went for a goal from half field and made it, tying the game and creating a cheering crowd. Just as the half was about to end, North Polk scored a goal and set the score 2-1 at halftime.

It was back and forth for the rest of the game, with several very exciting moments at times. In the final few seconds, the Cyclones had a chance, but North Polk played great defense and prevented the Cyclones from going after the state title. Nice season ladies, it was a privilege covering you!

Girls varsity soccer Coach Jackie Gielau wanted to highlight, “Brenna Sorensen has been a huge leader for us on and off the field this season — that should be recognized as well! She has played a vital role for us this season. Paige Harberts had also been a great senior for us coming off the bench and playing well her senior year.”

Denver vs. Clear Lake

This was the semi-final game for the 2A Class Region 4 that took place on June 1, at the Denver Cyclone Athletic Complex. A lot was on the line for the Cyclones, and if the Cyclones won they would have a chance at being regional champions and even a chance at state.

The leaders in this game were Annie Place and Emma Larson, both showing athleticism, skill, and leadership. Jenna Haase, Lila Meyer, Place, Larson, and Sarah Steege all had goals that contributed to the Cyclones’ win. The Cyclones went on to play the North Polk Comets on June 4 for the Region 4 Title.
Jordyn Foelske also deserves special mention. She was hard charging, on both offense and defense, and the never-stop attitude paired with forward thinking, showed leadership and will make this young lady one to watch in the future. Great job, Jordyn.

The Cyclone ladies showed teamwork and thinking before, during and after each play. They were anticipating other teammates’ actions and reactions in what I feel made the difference in their success.
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