On a hot day at the Cownie Soccer Complex on May 30, the Dallas Center-Grimes boys’ soccer team saw their season come to a close with a first round state tournament loss and with it, the prevailing thought that the amazing high school tenure of All-Conference goalkeeper Brennon Woody was over.
That was then, right now is a different story. Later today in fact, the future Wartburg College star will take on one last high school contest as he takes on the Iowa High School Boys All-Star Game held at Drake Stadium.
The storied career that produced 193 total saves averaging over five per game while allowing just 31 goals total over the course of two seasons, has one more shot. Woody will be joining the All-Star West team performing the goalkeeper duties.
They say timing is everything and it was a combination of crazy and perfect timing that led the Woody’s participation.
“I was actually on vacation in Sweden when I got the email and was quite surprised,” started Woody. “At first I didn’t know if I could make it because they needed an answer quickly and I was so far away, but we made a plan and we’re making it happen.”
Woody will grace Drake Stadium later this morning for practices just over ten hours removed from a flight back from Sweden.
“It’s been a whirlwind, there’s been a lot of flying and moving around with little sleep but it’s all worth it in the end,” started Woody. “I’ve actually been practicing while in Sweden so I’m not rusty or anything so that will help a lot.”
Woody marks just the first Mustang soccer player to grace the All-Star game in quite some time and the honor is well understood by Brennon himself.
“It feels amazing to be thought of as one of the best because of all the great players there are in this state,” said Woody. “It means a lot to me especially because I get another chance to play with some of the best players in the state in a high school setting. I’ll remember this forever.”
Brennon and the rest of the All-Star West team will take to the pitch against the All-Star East team today beginning at 5 p.m. from Drake Stadium.