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Pella Boys Soccer Team Claims 2A State Championship

Posted: Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 6:02 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Andrew Schneider

Ben Nelson scores the tying goal in the State Soccer Championship.

An incredible spring sports season continues for Pella High School, with the boys soccer team earning the program’s first-ever state championship Saturday.

In a matter of seven minutes, the Pella boys soccer team went from the brink of ending their season with a 2nd place trophy to the Class 2A title.

The Little Dutch scored twice in that time against previously-unbeaten Storm Lake to claim the program’s first championship finish.

Pella came flying out of the gates early, with an Ethan Poulter header starting the scoring just a minute and a half in. The Tornadoes would counter with a free kick, and a 1-1 tie remained on the scoreboard three minutes into the second half, when a Storm Lake try at the net took a bad bounce off of Lucas Warner into his own goal.

A furious rally came for the Dutch late in the 2nd half, with Ian Vasina outplaying the Tornadoes defense and feeding Ben Nelson a goal at 6:13 remaining. From there, Pella fed off of the momentum, and with 1:28, Soren Stelter’s header sealed the win.

Stelter (pictured above with Coach Mark Solomon) tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he was in the right place at the right time.

“I saw [the ball] just go up — I don’t know what really happened before that, but I saw it in the air, and I was like ‘it was worth a shot,'” he recalls. “And I’ll I heard was just the crowd screaming, I didn’t even look in the goal–I just knew it went in and the rest is just history. It’s unreal.”

Pella had four players on the 2A All-Tournament team, including Poulter, Stelter, Goalkeeper Sam Warner and Defender and All-Tourney Captain Joe Bacon.

The Little Dutch finish the season 18-2, sending off 10 seniors with a 2A championship in the team’s 5th-ever state tournament appearance. Tune in to the Marion County PM Sports Page Wednesday for full interviews with the athletes involved in the victory.