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Boys soccer hosts annual Trojan Soccer Classic

Boys soccer is back! On March 29 and 30 teams from around Iowa met at West High to participate in the annual Trojan Soccer Classic.
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Zoe Smith
Christian Kim ’25 defends the ball from WDM Valley attacker Ademir Zalihic ’24 during the game on March 29.

This past weekend, the always dominant Trojan boys’ soccer team hosted their annual tournament at West High. One other Iowa City team, the defending 3A State Champions Liberty Lightning, was also in attendance. Along with the two Iowa City teams, Davenport West, Cedar Rapids Washington, West Des Moines Valley and Ankeny Centennial all came down to Iowa City to participate.

Games were played at both Barker Field and Trojan Field on Friday night into Saturday afternoon.

After a 1-0 win against Mount Vernon in the Jamboree scrimmage last week, the Trojans, who lost to Johnston in the state finals last June, were looking to make a strong impression in the first actual game of the season.

On Friday night, they faced off against West Des Moines Valley, which they lost to last year in the same tournament. It was an intense match, with the Trojans dominating much of their attacking half, but neither team was able to score. Early in the second half, junior Daniel Fuentes put it in the back of the net and put the first points on the board for the boys. That goal gave the team the momentum to finish off the game. Shortly after Fuentes’s goal, Liam Teghament ’25 drove through the box to score the second goal for the Trojans. They were able to protect the goal and won against Valley 2-0.

On Saturday, the boys faced off against another Des Moines area team, Ankeny Centennial. Carrying off their momentum from the night before, Fuentes was able to get a shot off early and scored in the first half. Shortly after, Fuentes hit a free-kick, and the boys were able to get the ball in the net for the second time in the first half. After halftime, Ankeney came out strong and scored a goal. The intense match continued, and the Jaguars were able to tie up the game with just over a minute left. The Trojans were unable to get it back, and the tournament rules had the game going straight to penalty kicks without any overtime play. The boys were unable to make and save all of the shots and fell to the Jaguars.

Shortly after the tough loss, they faced off against Davenport West for the last game of their tournament. The boys dominated the game and ended their tournament with an 8-0 win. The boys will face off against Liberty at Liberty next Tuesday.

 

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(she/her) Zoe Smith is a senior and entering her third and final year on staff. She is so excited to be this year's Web Editor-in-Chief. Although you can usually find her in the newsroom; you may also find her on the soccer field either playing or coaching, working at Maggie's Farm Pizza, hanging out with friends and much more. If you can't find her she is probably petting a dog somewhere.
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