WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: A Historic Statement! Eagles hold Cardinals to first-ever state berth | amateur

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Austin Heinen

Class 1A No. 6 Underwood girls football scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of the first half and allowed Treynor one goal early in the second half to hang on for the first time in the state tournament.

Underwood beat Treynor 2-1 at Underwood in the Class 1A Region 2 Final at home on Thursday.

“History has been made,” Underwood head coach Tyler Nelson said. “This is the biggest crowd I’ve seen here in Underwood and they have to witness that history and I couldn’t be happier with the girls now.”

Sophomore Georgia Paulson and freshman Tieler Hull each scored in the first 15 minutes of the contest to give Underwood a 2-0 lead early on and set the early tempo. The score will remain the same for the rest of the half, but the Eagles know their work is not done.

“We know if we go out and play at the tempo we’re going to win this game,” Paulson said. “Tieler and I got goals, but we can’t do this without the team. Our defense is playing very well, and we know what to do.

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“It’s very important to set the tone directly,” Hull added. “We know if it doesn’t, it’s going to be harder to get a goal and win this game. We know we have to go out and be fierce and let him know that we want this as bad, if not more.

The Cardinals scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half while Allie Houser scored in the 47th minute and created Treynor momentum.

The Cardinals continued to fire and many shots in the second half, but senior goalkeeper Madison Ehrens and the Eagle defense remained strong to keep the ball out of the net.

“We knew he was going to get a chance,” Ehrens said. “Even though he scored, I knew the best thing was to keep my head. Even after the goal, the defense didn’t give up, and the defense remained strong and quite resilient.

The Eagles then took most of the ball possession in the final 10 minutes of the game to keep the clock wind down, and the Eagles finally saw the clock reach zero and celebrated clinching their first-ever state trip tournament program.

“It’s really fun and exciting,” Ehrens said. “We know we have a good chance this year, even though now the feeling is still not there. I’m feeling emotional, but it’s still like a dream.”

“This is the goal of us all,” Hull said. “Every season, we have this goal in the back of our heads, and it’s amazing it’s finally here.”

“It’s unbelievable,” Paulson said. “We’ve worked hard this season, and I can’t say. I’m proud of our team and we deserve this.

The hard work paid off to create dreams for the Eagles. However, Coach Nelson said that this time has been many years.

“I have to say a big thank you to the youth football coaches and the parents,” he said. “Without him, I wouldn’t have had a team that I would have done without him. This victory, this moment is for everyone. Everyone has bought the team identity and this win is for everyone.

With that defeat, Treynor ended up with a 9-4-1 record and will graduate three seniors from the team this year.

The state tournament will be played at Cownie Park in Des Moines. Check back later for matchup info and state tournament pairs soon.

Treynor (9-4-1) 0 1-1

Underwood (13-2-1) 2 0-2