Waukee loses to Ames in a 15-round shootout in substate finals
By Clint Cole
The Waukee boys’ soccer team defeated Des Moines Hoover in the second round of the substate tournament by a score of 1-0, but lost to Ames in the finals on May 31. Ames won the game 2-1 after winning the 15-round shootout 12-11.
Waukee coach Carlos Aceby said that it was especially difficult to see the season come to an end this year.
“We had a number of seniors who had been a part of the program for many years, they put a great deal of effort,” Aceby said. “Not just this year, but in previous years and we felt we were as close as we have ever been to getting into the state tournament so it’s a tough pill to swallow, no question about it.”
The Warriors have made the state tournament three times in school history, the last time being in 2003 where they took third place. They won state titles in 1999 and 2001.
Adam Bahnsen scored in the first half when the Ames goalkeeper bobbled a ball. Bahnsen took the ball behind him and put it in the back of the net.
Noah Jackson made a big save with less than a minute to go in the game when he knocked a ball over the goalpost and kept the Warriors tied with the Little Cyclones going into overtime.
Waukee finishes the season with a 14-5 record after the loss.