Nevada girls soccer falls to Assumption in state tournament for 6th time since 2013

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

Nevada played the best 60 minutes of its life in the Class 1A semifinals of the girls state soccer tournament Thursday at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.

But it still wasn't quite enough to get past defending state champion Davenport Assumption.

The Cubs fell in a shootout by a 2-1 score. It is the sixth time Assumption has knocked them out of the state tournament since 2013.

"I'm super proud of this team," Nevada senior midfielder Tessa Borwick said. "I think we had a lot of good chances. I'm really proud of everyone. I really love this team and I'm really happy with how much we've grown since the beginning of the year."

Borwick converted fifth-seeded Nevada's first penalty kick of the shootout. But the Cubs were off on their next two when Mayzi Weig was high with a shot and Savannah Skaggs had her shot deflected by Knight keeper Dawsen Dorsey.

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Nevada goalkeeper Maddie Dunham (66) saves the ball in front of Davenport Assumption's Jade Jackson (23) during the first half of the Cubs' 2-1 shootout loss to the Knights in the Class 1A girls state soccer semifinals  at James Cownie Soccer Park Tuesday, June 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Nevada keeper Maddie Dunham gave the Cubs hope when she deflected the PK attempt by Assumption's Jade Jackson on the Knights' fourth attempt. But Alexandria Arnaud was high on the Cubs fourth attempt to end the shootout.

"I'm very proud of my team and myself," Dunham said. "It was a hard way to lose."

Borwick gave Nevada hope with just under six minutes left in regulation. 

With her team trailing 1-0, Borwick got a look from 35 yards out and let one go. Known for her cannon of a leg, Borwick sent a perfect ball sailing high and on target. The ball caught Dorsey off guard when she came up to defend it, sailing over her head and into the net to tie the game.

"Somebody set me up really well," Borwick said. "I was able to get my left foot on it and get it over the goalie."

Nevada midfielder Tessa Borwick (17) celebrates with teammates Emma Strottman (24) and Graci Schiller (21) after scoring a goal late in the second half during the Cubs' 2-1 shootout loss to Davenport Assumption in the Class 1A girls state soccer semifinals at the James Cownie Soccer Park Tuesday, June 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa.

The first half was an even battle that ended in a scoreless tie. But top-seeded Assumption really started to pressure Nevada eight minutes into the second half.

The Knights got a couple of great looks, with Dunham making a spectacular save to the right side in a scrum 13 minutes into the half.

But two minutes later, Assumption found its opening. Dru Dorsey got the ball near the goal and slipped it past Dunham for a 1-0 Knight lead.

That was the only time the Knights got one past Dunham until the shootout. The Cub keeper was sensational, making 19 saves before the shootout to help give her team a chance to pull off the upset.

"The whole week she's been spectacular," Borwick said. "This is her first year as our goalie. She stepped up and did really well for us. I'm so happy to have her."

Dunham just took over as the starting varsity keeper this year. The Cub senior had great seasons in volleyball and basketball, so she wasn't bothered by the high-stakes atmosphere of the state tournament.

"Just don't think about the pressure," Dunham said. "If you think about it, you'll mess up. You've just got to keep going strong."

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Nevada finished the season at 13-7. Borwick, Dunham and the rest of the Cub senior class helped Nevada make the state tournament 10 years in a row and she expects that streak to continue next season.

"It's been a lot of fun, that's for sure," Borwick said. "Our freshman year, we had a lot of really good seniors. Our sophomore year, we would've had good seniors. Our junior year, we had good seniors and hopefully this year we were good seniors. We had a lot of good chemistry and they'll be good next year. Look out for Nevada next year."

Assumption's Dru Dorsey (11) and Nevada's Evelyn Anderson (14) battle to control the ball during the second half of the Knights' 2-1 shootout victory over the Cubs in the Class 1A girls' state soccer semifinals at James Cownie Soccer Park Tuesday, June 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Assumption takes a 16-4 record into the 1A championship game against Des Moines Christian (20-1), which defeated Underwood in the other 1A semifinal, 2-0.

The 1A girls state championship game takes place Saturday at 10 a.m. on Field 9 at the Cownie Soccer Complex.

Davenport Assumption 2, Nevada 1 (shootout)

Nevada            0    1    0    0    0 — 1

Assumption      0    1    0    0    1 — 2

Scoring

Second half

DA — Dru Dorsey (Gracen Ruggles), 55:04

N — Tessa Borwick, 74:10

Shootout

DA — Ruggles

N — Borwick

DA — Lyvia Hulsbrink

DA — Nataly Bahns