Spring season has just begun and Iowa Rush teams have already had success on the pitch. Several teams kicked off their spring event schedule with the West Des Moines Premier Games the weekend of April 9-10th. With frosty temperatures and gusty winds, many of the teams had to fight through mentally and physically to beat out opponents. Due to winning performances on Saturday and solid Sunday morning matches, Iowa Rush saw the U14 Girls Rush and both U12 Girls teams advance into the knock out rounds. The U14 Girls Rush lost a close 1-0 battle to tournament host, West Des Moines, in the semi-finals. U12 Girls Rush Blue came out firing in the semi-finals and easily won over JUSC to advance to the final match. In a heartbreaker of a final, the U12 Girls Blue fought until the final whistle but eventually lost 1-0. The U12 Girls Rush White faced West Des Moines Royal in their final match of the tournament and it proved to be a worthy final, as the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation. An exciting penalty kick shootout that extended into the sixth round, ended with Iowa Rush as champions. U12 Girls Rush Head Coach, Candice Fabry, stated, "The overall team performance for both the U12 Girls teams were outstanding. Their effort and focus was consistent match to match, as well their willingness to put ideas from coaching staff into action on the field. This is a great starting point for the spring season and we are eager to see to what is ahead for this group of players".
This past weekend, April 16-17th, a number of teams traveled to CRSA Chillout Preseason tournament in Cedar Rapids. This year’s weather did not live up the tournament name, and proved to be a great weekend for all the teams that traveled in. This event in particular also gave our players the opportunity to execute ideas and concepts that have been trained over the first several weeks of the season. The U12 Girls Nero and U13 Girls Nero teams found the most success at the event through their performances on both Saturday and Sunday morning. The U13 Girls Nero battled in the semi-finals to a draw, but fell in a penalty kick shootout to miss advancing to the semi-finals. The U12 Girls Nero earned their first final appearance of the season and gave a valiant effort, but were defeated 3-1. U12 Girls Nero Head Coach, Amanda Tucker, had this to say; “The girls played so well this weekend. Their combined effort and enthusiasm to play were definite factors in their advancement into the finals. I’m proud of the whole team and look forward to continuing to work with them this spring”.
Another team of Iowa Rush players traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in the Blue Chip Showcase. The U16 Girls Rush spring team took off Thursday morning to compete in one of the most well known college showcases in the Midwest over the weekend. Over thirty college coaches attended their three games and many took notice as the Iowa Rush team finished second in their division. Head Coach and Director of Select-Senior Girls stated, “Our players had a focused and professional approach to this weekend’s event, and I believe that showed on and off the field to all who came in contact with them. The individual and team performances were of a high quality and I couldn’t be more prouder of their effort”. The team returns to action this weekend at the Crossroads Showcase in Carmel, Indiana.