Norwalk girls soccer team falls in Class 2A state semifinals

For the second consecutive year, the Norwalk girls were left on the doorstep of the Class 2A state soccer title game.

The Warriors finished its season 17-4 after losing to Waverly-Shell Rock in the 2A semifinals at Cownie Soccer Complex on June 2, 1-0. It was the second time Waverly beat Norwalk 1-0 this season.

Despite taking 20 shots with 13 on target compared to WSR’s three and two, Norwalk couldn’t break through or get the equalizer after Macy Smith’s first-half corner kick found the back of the net for what was the winning goal.

Little Hawkeye rival Dallas Center-Grimes would go on to beat Waverly in the final, 2-0, to avenge a 5-1 loss to them in the 2021 final.

Some of Norwalk’s top scorers played their final game for the Warriors, including senior Jocelyn Bice, who finished the third season in the state with 46 goals and also contributed 11 assists. Bice wrapped up her career with 79 goals in three seasons (didn’t have 2020 season due to pandemic) as the Warriors went 45-12 in that time. Reagan Teut (seven goals, 12 assists this season), Marin Randall (five goals, 10 assists), Serenity Madonia (two goals, eight assists) and Hailey Schreiber (three goals, six assists) will also graduate.

Norwalk's Anna Larson kicks the ball during a Class 2A state soccer quarterfinal May 31 in Des Moines.

Softball

The Norwalk extended a winning streak to eight games and opened the season 9-1. Two doubleheader sweeps of conference foes Pella and Newton, along with a 3-2 win over Oskaloosa, had the Warriors in great position in the Little Hawkeye Conference.

Norwalk won at Pella twice on June 1, scoring five runs in the sixth inning to break open a scoreless tie in a 6-0 win, and completing the sweep with a 10-2 win after scoring in each of the first four innings.

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