Dallas Center-Grimes claims 2A title, lands at No. 8 in soccer rankings

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Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa) wasn’t satisfied with a state championship appearance. After losing in the state final last year and the state semifinals three years ago, the Mustangs had what they called “unfinished business.”

This time, Dallas Center finished its season on top, capping off a perfect 22-0 campaign with a 2-0 win over familiar nemesis Waverly-Shell Rock in the Class 2A state championship on Saturday. After losing to Shell Rock in the last two postseasons, it was Dallas Center’s turn to triumph.

Avery Korsching scored the decisive goal, a fitting end for a senior who had 36 goals and 19 assists on the season. With Korsching leading the way, the Mustangs scored 105 goals, and the defense conceded just 10 goals for a plus-95 goal difference.

Thanks to those gaudy numbers, a 22-game winning streak and the sought-after state title, Dallas Center makes its first appearance in the latest JWS high school soccer rankings, vaulting up to No. 8.

Click here to see last week’s rankings.

(Note: These rankings do not include teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina as their seasons have concluded.)

1. South County (Va.), 20-0-1

Following a 4-3 quarterfinal win Tuesday, the Stallions are just two wins away from a second consecutive Class 6A championship and undefeated season.

2. Fort Zumwalt South (Mo.), 26-1

The Bulldogs outscored opponents 25-4 during a postseason run that culminated with a second consecutive Class 3A title.

3. Triad (Ill.), 25-1

Gina Catanzaro’s 26th goal of the season propelled the Knights to their second consecutive state championship, and fourth in the last 11 years. En route to the Class 2A title, the Knights also beat Waterloo, avenging their only loss of the season.

4. Metea Valley (Ill.), 22-2-1

It took regulation, overtime and then nine rounds of penalty kicks, but the Mustangs are state champions for the first time in program history. Metea Valley ended the season on a 14-game winning streak and outscored postseason opponents 15-2 to win the 3A title.

5. St. Dominic (Mo.), 23-3

Perennial contenders, the Crusaders struggled at times during the regular season, suffering two shutout losses and a 4-1 defeat less than a week before postseason play began. But behind seniors Grace Bindbeutel (23 goals, 11 assists), Jessica Larson (13 goals, 12 assists) and Macie Begley (14 goals, 9 assists), St. Dominic rebounded to win their third consecutive state title.

6. Oregon (Wis.), 19-0-1

The Panthers have dominated this spring, outscoring opponents 134-6, and are two wins away from a sectional title.

7. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 16-6-2

The Crusaders won just two of their first eight games. But they got better as the season progressed, ending the season on an 11-game winning streak and knocking off Ardrey Kell in penalty kicks to win the NCHSAA 4A title.

8. Dallas Center (Iowa), 22-0

The Mustangs have plenty of returning talent. Aside from senior Korsching, the team’s four other all-state selections should all be back next season: junior goalkeeper Maya Fritz, junior midfielder Elena Bartak and sophomore midfielders Kylie Knief and Hannah Renz.

9. Hudsonville (Mich.), 18-0-2

The Eagles have outscored opponents 8-1 in three postseason games and allowed just three goals since the start of May.

10. Northville (Mich.), 15-0-5

The Mustangs have ridden a stingy defense, just five goals allowed and 15 shutouts, to an undefeated record.

11. Kellam (Va.), 17-1

After a quarterfinal win over previously-ranked Battlefield, the Knights now face No. 1 South County in the state semifinals.

12. Yorktown (Va.), 19-1-1

South Carolina commit Shay Montgomery was involved in all four of the Patriots’ tallies with two goals and two assists during a 4-0 quarterfinal win.

13. Ankeny Centennial (Iowa), 19-3

The Jaguars avenged their three regular-season losses in the state tournament to win the 3A state championship.

14. Ardrey Kell (N.C.), 25-2-1

The Knights once again fell just short of a first-ever state championship, losing in the state final for the fourth time in program history.

15. Providence Day (N.C.), 18-4

The Chargers tested themselves against top-tier competition during the regular season, and that experience paid off in the postseason with a NCISAA 4A championship. With the win, in a penalty shootout, Providence Day avenged a regular-season defeat to Charlotte Latin.

Phillip Suitts is a contributing writer at Just Women’s Sports. He has worked at a variety of outlets, including The Palm Beach Post and Southeast Missourian, and done a little bit of everything from reporting to editing to running social media accounts. He was born in Atlanta but currently lives in wintry Philadelphia. Follow Phillip on Twitter @PhillipSuitts.