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Pella Sweeps Annual Tulip City Soccer Showdowns

Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 6:01 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Schneider

Eagles’ Claire Milligan and Pella’s Ciara Buchheit give chase

Pella’s girls and boys soccer teams took home a sweep of their matchups with Pella Christian last night.

The Lady Dutch won in the 68th minute 10-0, and the boys defeated the Eagles 2-0 at Pella High School. Pella’s girls scored five goals in each half, including two apiece from Grace Held, Ciara Buchheit, Bellara Huang, and Maddie Canfield.

Buchheit played against her dad Pella Christian Coach Mike Buchheit for the last time after facing her father’s team each of the last three years. She tells KNIA/KRLS Sports it’s been a lighthearted and unique experience.

“He knows my strengths and my weaknesses so he had someone pinpoint me on the outside the entire game, but we always have some friendly competition and smack talk before the game happens, but it’s all fun and games,” she says.

Mike says the youth of the Eagles was shown when they allowed four early goals to senior-heavy Pella, and while the game plan was to take away several strengths of the Lady Dutch, they were unable to keep up with their crosstown rivals.

Pella Christian falls to 2-1 and hosts North Polk on Thursday. Pella is 5-0 and is off until a match with Indianola Tuesday.

The Little Dutch boys played tough back-line defense against a Pella Christian team coming off of a double-overtime thriller in the Pella 2-0 win. Pella’s goals from Adam Davis and Ethan Poulter came early in the first half. Head Coach Mark Solomon says his defense played their best game thus far, keeping the Eagles from getting clean looks at the net.

“Pella Christian has some very talented players that a lot of our guys remembered from some experience with indoor over the wintertime, so we communicated early this week, making sure we identified some of their key threats, and we made it a very intentional part of our game to try and take some of their playmakers out of the picture,” he says.

Eagles Head Coach Gerrit Brouwer was pleased with his team’s effort after playing extended soccer against Des Moines Christian in double overtime less than 24 hours prior to the rivalry showdown.

Pella’s 2-1 boys travel to Southeast Polk Thursday, the 3-2 Eagles will make the trip to North Polk that same night.