The u13 Carlisle Crush girls soccer team (left) took two medals at this year’s Iowa Games, one for winning their division and the other for exhibiting excellent sporstmanship.
"I can’t express enough how proud we are of our girls!" said coach Jake Whipple. "They performed brilliantly and, more importantly, received the greatest honor of the Iowa Games: the Sportsmanship Medal!"
This is the second sportsmanship medal in two years for the Crush.
The Crush performed brilliantly throughout the tournament with a near-perfect record of 3-0-1, outscoring their opponents 11-4. In two games, the Crush held their opponent scoreless. But the matches were competitive with Ankeny Team Awesome tying the Crush and Logan Lady Reds proving to be very physical. The Crush played with skill, speed and as a team. All players earned the wins as the offense mixed up the attacks creating dozens of scoring opportunities, and the defense consistently pushed the opponent’s attacks to the outside.
"It was a very exciting tournament as the teams battled in the extreme heat," added Whipple.
Be sure to congratulate the following players for their outstanding performance and sportsmanship: Sierra Andreas, Victoria Carra, Jenna Castle, Jade Gibson, Kaleigh Haus, Lindsey Kamerick, Lexi Lambson, Jessica Payne, Katy Rick, Maddie Roberts, Mariah Sadler, Madison Staecker and Taylor Whipple.
The Crush was sponsored by Goodhue-Nolte Insurance of Carlisle and followed to Ames for the competition by dozens of fans (see photo below).
The Iowa Games is an Olympic style event with over 15,000 athletes competing in 54 different sports. Soccer is by far the largest with over 4,000 athletes and 278 teams competing.