It’s a tough pill to swallow but the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ soccer team had their season come to an end during the opening round of the Class 2A state soccer tournament Thursday.
The Mustangs went up against perennial powerhouse Xavier of Cedar Rapids and despite a strong effort, the Saints would claim the victory by a 3-0 final.
Xavier, who already has seven state titles under their belts, held opponents to just over one goal per game this season while scoring nearly four goals per game offensively.
Thursday afternoon, the Saints took an early 1-0 lead which increased to a 2-0 lead just before the halftime break. The second half saw Xavier take heavy control of ball possession leading to a 3-0 advantage midway through the second stanza. That would be the final as despite three late game goal opportunities, the Mustangs could not connect and would fall.
After the game head coach Collin Lane spoke about the talent level he knew his team would face against Xavier.
“We knew that they would be a tough team going in,” began Lane. “Especially with their attack and on ball movement we knew they’d be strong and for the most part we handled that today.”
The Mustangs had a state tournament worthy season coming back after two big early losses to start the season and end up with 14 wins, pushing them into the state tournament for the first time since 2009.
While coach Lane was not happy with the result, he mentioned that he’s excited for his team to grow and improve for the 2019 season.
“It was our first trip to state in awhile and there was some learning that we had to go through and will go through this off-season,” started Lane. “It’s not the outcome we wanted but this team did a lot of growing this year and I can’t wait to put it all together for next season.”
The Mustangs will officially conclude their 2018 campaign with a 14-4 record and a lot of great times to look back on.
“This program definitely took a big step forward this season,” stated Lane. “We were able to figure some things out of play that we can consistently stick with and utilize with the athletes we have coming back. Of course we will miss this group of talented seniors who have led us all season but this year was a big growth year for us overall.”
The Mustangs will be graduating twelve seniors from this year’s roster.