The visiting Southeast Polk boys’ soccer team snapped Ankeny’s eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory on Friday.
The seventh-ranked Hawks dominated the CIML Central Conference contest, but were unable to capitalize on numerous scoring chances.
“Tonight’s game is why I love soccer so much,” said Ankeny coach Jordan Burns. “In all my years playing and coaching soccer so far I’ve never seen such a one-sided game that has resulted in a defeat. Southeast Polk had two shots on goal–one in each half. We had several shots on goal, but just couldn’t convert.
“We hit everything except the back of the net,” he added.
The win evened the Rams’ records at 1-1 in the conference and 4-4 overall. Ankeny dropped to 1-1 and 8-2.
“Soccer is a sport that can have a ton of stats, but at the end of the game if you don’t score more goals than your opponent, you will lose the game,” Burns said. “Tonight was a fine example of that.”
The Hawks will try to bounce back on Tuesday when they host No. 3 Ankeny Centennial.
“This is one of those games that we need to forget immediately and sweep under the carpet as Centennial is now in our sights,” Burns said.