No. 2 Nevada tops No. 9 CPU in 1A girls soccer Region 2 final, 1-0

The Nevada girls soccer team knew it was in for a stiff challenge against Center Point-Urbana in the Class 1A Regional final at Cub Stadium in Nevada Thursday.

The No. 2 Cubs faced a 2022 state tournament qualifier with quality talent and experience Thursday. CPU, ranked No. 9 in 1A, played smart disciplined ball for 80 minutes and limited Nevada’s good looks at the goal.

But in the end Nevada found a way to break through against the Stormin’ Pointers and score a 1-0 victory to punch its ticket to state for the 11th year in a row.

“I just like to keep up the legacy we have going for another year,” Nevada sweeper Emma Strottman said. “It’s really exciting for our team.”

The Nevada girls soccer team celebrates after defeating Center Point-Urbana, 1-0, in the Class 1A girls soccer Region 2 final at Cub Stadium Thursday, May 25, 2023, in Nevada, Iowa. The Cubs will be making their 11th-consecutive trip to the girls state soccer tournament next week.

Nevada dominated possession of the ball for much of the game. But the Cubs were unable to get on the board in the first half and CPU continued to hold its ground defensively for the first 13 minutes of the second half.

But Nevada’s relentless pressure on offense finally got the Stormin’ Pointer defense to crack at the 53-minute mark.