ND-WB boys soccer team wins SEI Superconference Tournament. again

Notre Dame-West Burlington's Zach Wilke (14) is congratulated by teammate Cole Ward (9) after he scores a goal during their SEISC semi-final game against Hillcrest Academy on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Notre Dame's Tackelson Field Has

If there was any doubt as to which team would be king of the field at the SEI Superconference, the Notre Dame-West Burlington High School boys soccer team clarified those doubts over the weekend.

The fifth-placed Class 1A Nikes, the defending state champions, bested their three opponents by a combined margin of 28-0 to win the SEI Superconference Tournament championship for the fourth consecutive year. The Nikes also won in 2018, 2019 and 2021. There was no season in 2020 due to COVID.

On Saturday, the Nikes defeated Hillcrest Academy 8-0 in the quarterfinals and then clinched a 10-0 win over Mediapolis in the championship game at Notre Dame’s Tackleson Field.

Even without head coach John Wagner, who missed Saturday’s games to attend his daughter Lauryn Wagner’s graduation from the University of Northern Iowa, the Nikes didn’t skip a beat.

Notre Dame-West Burlington's Cole Ward (9) has an effort on goal during their SEISC semi-final game against Hillcrest Academy on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Notre Dame's Tackelson Field

“Broadly speaking, it shows how we can dominate the state qualifiers and how we could do in the state tournament this year,” said ND-WB senior Gabe Zurita, who has single-handedly surpassed every other team in the tournament by a whopping 13 goals .

“We didn’t concede a single goal, which is always great,” said ND-WB midfielder Parker Davis, who scored 11 goals in three games. “No goals today – that’s very impressive. Considering this is one of the tougher teams in our understate, that’s a great look at it. But they were tired because they were just playing. But overall it was very exciting.”

“It was really good,” said ND-WB senior midfielder Carson Wagner. “We played really well. We moved the ball well, talked well. We just worked really well as a team. All the things we worked on paid off.”

ND-WB goalkeeper Arya Nowroozi kept three clean sheets, including three saves against Mediapolis.

Notre Dame-West Burlington's Aidan Krell (5) moves the ball during their SEISC semifinal game against Hillcrest Academy on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Notre Dame's Tackelson Field

“We expected that,” Nowroozi said. “If I had missed a goal against either team, I would have been quite disappointed. Honestly, these are the games that shape our game for Substate, so we didn’t want to let any other team hope against us. We wanted to show what we have.”

Mediapolis, who advanced to the semifinals with a 5-1 win over Columbus/Winfield-Mount Union, had to play back-to-back games in the heat with only a 20-minute break between them. The heat took its toll on the Bulldogs, who were forced to chase the Nikes and simply lost their legs.

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