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DC-G girls beat Des Moines Hoover, advance to state

Rachel McCarthy handles the ball near the Hoover goal in their 3-0 win over Des Moines Hoover in the regional final.Buy Photo
Rachel McCarthy handles the ball near the Hoover goal in their 3-0 win over Des Moines Hoover in the regional final.
Allison O'Brien fires on the Hoover goal. O'Brien scored to give the Fillies a 2-0 lead in their 3-0 win over Des Moines Hoover in the regional final.Buy Photo
Allison O'Brien fires on the Hoover goal. O'Brien scored to give the Fillies a 2-0 lead in their 3-0 win over Des Moines Hoover in the regional final.

No scoring was needed in the second half as the DC-G girls’ soccer team scored three first-half goals en route to a 3-0 win over Des Moines Hoover in the regional soccer finals. This is the second year in a row that the Fillies beat Des Moines Hoover in the regional finals and the win sends them to state for the second consecutive year.

“It’s been a team goal of ours ever since the beginning of the season,” DC-G coach Dan James said. “We wanted to win the conference, came out and checked that one off, (and) getting to the state tournament was the next one our list.”

McKenzie Smith got the scoring started early putting the Fillies up 1-0 in the sixth minute with the assist credited to Allie O’Brien. After assisting on the first goal, O’Brien added one of her own in the 21st minute to give the Fillies a 2-goal lead in the first half.

Just five minutes later, Rachel McCarthy gave DC-G an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Hoover. DC-G held Hoover to just two shots the whole game which were both stopped by DC-G goalie Lauren O’Brien.

For the seniors on the team this will be the third time in four years that they have made it to the state tournament.

“It’s a great feeling for them and I’m proud of the way they’ve led this team this year,” said James.

Des Moines Hoover goalie Savana Robinson blanked the Fillies in the second half and made 16 saves throughout the game.

“The second half we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” James said. “We had plenty of opportunities but just couldn’t finish there. Give credit to Hoover, they played tough that second half.”

The Fillies will play Pella (17-1) in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday at Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines at 3:15 p.m. The last time these two teams played was back on May 23 when Pella beat the Fillies 2-1.

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