High-ranked Notre Dame-West Burlington to play Waterloo Columbus


DES MOINES – The Notre Dame-West Burlington High School football team is breaking new ground this week.

For the first time in the program’s history, the Nikes qualified for the state tournament, which is played on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park.

ND-WB (20-1) comes as the best seeded place and will play on field 9 against eight seeded Waterloo Columbus (12-8) on Tuesday afternoon.

The Nikes and Sailors are no strangers to each other. The teams met on May 1st at the Catholic invitation tournament in Davenport, with ND-WB ending with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

ND-WB head coach John Wagner expects a similarly weak defense this time.

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Carson Wagner (10) of Notre Dame-West Burlington takes the ball during their game against Burlington High School on Tuesday, Jan.

“Waterloo Columbus are very solid defensively. You won’t be without four or five goals,” said Wagner. “I think it will be a low goal game, maybe 1-0 or 2-1. I don’t see many goals.”

The Sailors have only allowed 26 goals throughout the season, an average of 1.3 per game. The second goalkeeper Emerson Hahn saved 79.7 percent of his shots on goal.

Most of the goals the Sailors have allowed in a game are four in a 4-1 loss to Denver on April 13 and a 4-2 setback to Gladbrook-Reinbeck on May 11. You have allowed a goal eight times and have six shutouts.

The Sailors average 3.2 goals per game, led by senior Jezz Chacon Rodriguez who scores 18 goals. Senior Daniel Pranger and sophomore John Pranger each have 11 goals.

Dawson Gach (2) of Notre Dame-West Burlington loads the ball during the first half of the semifinal game of Substate's Class 1A football against Hillcrest Academy on Monday, November 24th.

“I’ve seen movies from our game against them and they have a really good center-back (Daniel Pranger). He takes their kicks and can hit them up to the 20-yard line of the opposing team. I haven’t seen a child.” come this far all season, “said Wagner.” We can’t let them go over the top. It looks like they are taking him upstairs and he hits quite a bit too. He’s probably the best player on their team. “

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The Sailors have their hands full against a Nikes team that averaged 6.4 goals per game and only allowed 12 goals all season. Class 3A North Scott scored three goals against the Nikes in a 3-2 win in extra time from a penalty. Davenport Central and Fort Madison are the only other teams to have scored more than one goal against the Nikes, who won both games 3-2.

Senior Caden Murphy has taken over the network for the Nikes and holds 86.5 percent of shots on goal. The Nikes have 13 shutouts.

Parker Davis (8) of Notre Dame-West Burlington after winning 4-1 during the Class 1A Football Substates final against Mediapolis on Wednesday the 26.Notre Dame-West Burlington.

The Nikes were solid in defense, led by seniors Dawson Gach and Tyas Kreiss, juniors Aiden Krell and Cole Carper, and second Hunter Lillie.

The Nikes are a ball possession team and use junior midfielder Parker Davis to make things easier, with the help of senior Jacob Kamrath and junior Carson Wagner.

The Nikes have a lot of firepower up front, making it difficult for opposing teams to focus on one or two players. The Nikes have five players with double-digit goals, led by senior Sam Brueck (32 goals) and juniors Cole Ward (26 goals), Davis (22 goals), Gabe Zurita (21 goals) and Wagner (10 goals). Senior striker Yosef Lee has scored eight goals.

“We know that we can keep up with these guys,” said Wagner. “We have as good a chance as anyone to win this thing. You’re a good defender, but we can score from many positions. We have five or six guys who can get the ball into the net.”

Cole Ward (9) of Notre Dame-West Burlington shoots during the final of Soccer Substate 1A for boys of Class 1A against Mediapolis on Wednesday the 26. Notre Dame-West Burlington won 4-1.

The Nikes defeated third-placed Iowa City Regina 4-1 and 15th-placed Davenport Assumption 2-0 in the Catholic Invitational Tournament.

The Nikes are three wins away from a state championship but can’t afford to look further than Waterloo Columbus.

“When we secured our place in the state, there was a bit of cheer, but for most people it was expected. We all believed we’d be able to say it,” said Wagner. “Nobody is satisfied with just being there. We’re going to go there to win this thing. If we don’t win our first game or our second game, we’re really going to be disappointed. We think we’re the top team of the state. ” . “


WHO – Notre Dame-West Burlington Nikes (20-1-9) vs. Waterloo Columbus Sailors (12-8)

What – Class 1A state quarter-final game

When – Tuesday noon

Where – James W. Conie Soccer Park, Des Moines

Leaderboards – ND-WB is No. 1; Waterloo Columbus is number 7.

Winning streaks – ND-WB won 8; Waterloo Columbus has won 4.

Last meeting – ND-WB won the Catholic invitation tournament on May 1st in Davenport with 1-0.

How they got here – ND-WB: beat Hillcrest Academy, 4-0; beat Mediapolis, 4-1. Waterloo Columbus: beat Belmond Terminal, 9-0; beat Clear Lake, 5-1; beat Garner-Hayfield, 2-0.


Notre Dame-West Burlington

Caden Murphy, Sr., GK (86.5 Savings Percentage). Dawson Gach, Sr., D (0 goals, 5 assists). Sam Brueck, sr., F (32 goals, 20 assists). Aiden Krell, Jr., D (1 goal, 3 assists). Jacob Kamrath senior, MF (2 goals, 4 assists). Tyas Kreiss, sr., D (0 goals, 0 assists). Parker Davis, Jr., MF (22 goals, 31 assists). Cole Ward, Jr., F (26 goals, 10 assists). Carson Wagner Jr., MF (10 goals, 11 assists). Gabe Zurita, Jr., F (21 goals, 12 assists). Hunter Lillie, so., D (4 goals, 2 assists).

Waterloo Columbus

Emerson Hahn, so., GK (save 79.7 percent). Gavin Reed, so., D (0 goals, 3 assists). David Phe Tu, sr., MF (3 goals, 6 assists). Jezz Chacon-Rodriguez, sr., MF (18 goals, 12 assists). Ruben Botali, sr., F (6 goals, 7 assists). Daniel Pranger, senior, MF (11 goals, 5 assists). John Pranger, so., MF (11 goals, 8 assists). Roberto Ruiz Jr., MF (4 goals, 5 assists). Caleb Holthuas, so., D, 0 goals, 1 assist). Gerardo Reyes, Jr., D (0 goals, 0 assists). Delsin Savage, Jr., F (0 goals, 2 assists).