Treynor shut out by powerhouse Iowa City Regina in Iowa Class 1-A boys soccer tournament

Treynor's Gehard Hansen controls the ball. The Cardinals (13-6) were making their first trip to state.

DES MOINES — Treynor may be working on building a successful boys soccer program, but Iowa City Regina showed the Cardinals what an established powerhouse looks like Thursday.

Top-seeded and defending state champion Regina dominated possession and took 29 shots during a 3-0 win over Treynor in the opening round of the Class 1-A state tournament at Cownie Soccer Park.

While the Cardinals (13-6) were making their first trip to state, the Regals (16-3), who have won six state titles since 2009, felt right at home in their 11th straight appearance.

Treynor coach Bob Daley said the Regals’ possession-heavy offense  is something he wants the Cardinals to one day emulate.

“That’s the style of ball were trying to get to,” Daley said. “We’re getting close but we’re not to their level yet. They’re a heck of a team. That’s where we’re trying to get to, and one of these days in the near future we’re going to get there.”

Keeper Seth Young kept the Cardinals within striking distance with five saves in the first half and eight in the second, including a number of diving stops.

“That’s who (Seth) is. He’s kept us in a lot of games with saves like that,” Daley said. “We credit him a lot for a lot of our close games. He’s good back there.”

It didn’t take long for the Regals to impose their style, taking five shots in the first 10 minutes, including a pair of wide-open looks in the box by Nate Green that sailed right.

With 25 minutes left in the first half, Regina’s Alec Wick broke the seal by dodging a pair of defenders left of the net before poking the ball past Young.

The second goal came on a rebound by Wick after a shot by Mason Welter bounced off Young’s hands and right to Wick’s foot. Nick Pechous added the final goal in the second half.

“We didn’t pressure the ball, and when we don’t do that it feels like our possession game lacks a little bit,” Daley said. “They pressured us hard and I think that was a lot of why we didn’t possess quite as well as we normally do. We just didn’t really overcome their pressure.”

Young made save after save in the first 10 minutes of the second half, including a pair of diving saves in a crowded box, two one-on-one stops and multiple interceptions on long, arcing crosses.

“We started this five years ago. This was our goal from freshman year. We talked about it all the time with the coaches,” Young said. “It’s just a dream come true to get here because we’re not turning a program around because we just started it. We’re building a program, and that’s something really cool.”

Treynor (13-6)............0 0—0

Regina (16-3).............2 1—0

Goals: R, Alec Wick 2, Nick Pechous. Assists: R, Anthony Knepper.

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