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Unbeaten Union, C.R. Xavier to meet in girls soccer final


MUSCATINE (KWWL) -- The stage has been set for a battle of unbeatens as both #3 Union and #1 Cedar Rapids Xavier advanced to the girls state soccer final on a hot and muggy day.

The day got off to a great start for Union against second ranked Dallas Center-Grimes.  Kylie Powell just snuck a ball past the DCG keeper only 3 minutes into the game to give Union the 1-0 edge.

Just a couple minutes later Lauren Bauer got off a great corner to Darian Powell who put it home for a 2 goal advantage.  However Dallas Center-Grimes countered with 2 quick goals of their own to tie things at 2 going to the second half.

With just 5 minutes remaining Darian Powell scored her 5th goal of the state tournament and second of the game.  That would be the big one as it sent the Knights to the state final with a 3-2 win.

"We had to go deep on our bench," said Union head coach Lizzie Zondo, "and everybody had to play like they didn't think they could play, but we did it."

Darian Powell says now all the team's focus is on top ranked Xavier.  "We've got rest up. We've got a few injuries, so we've got to take care of those, but I think we're going to be pretty confident."

As for the Saints, they would strike first against Sioux City Heelan as Lauren Konchar drove home the goal on a breakaway.

Heelan would tie the game midway through the second half, but the Saints Annie Dale knocked in a header in the final 10 minutes to once again send Xavier to the state final after a 2-1 win.

Now with the team going for a 5th consecutive state title, Dale says there's no way she wants to be part of the team that breaks the streak.  "I do feel a lot of pressure, but I want to win these games for the seniors because I know we really play these games for the seniors.  So they can have their four years."

A battle of the unbeatens is now set as one will be going down on Saturday.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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