A-D-M blanked Glenwood 2-0 on Monday to qualify for the third consecutive state soccer tournament.
The three-peat is the first for a girls’ team from the school since the Adel basketball team reached state in 1973-76.
The Tigers wasted little time. In the fifth minute, Caroline Maher found the back of the net off a corner kick from Lauren Hofmann. Madi Bertman added the team’s second goal with 13:57 left in the first half off of a crossing pass from Liz Evers.
A quick strike was what the Tigers were aiming for against the 13th-ranked Rams, who had just disembarked from a two-hour bus ride in the hopes of securing a fourth straight state bid. A-D-M players knew the feeling: They had to travel to Council Bluffs for the 2012 regional final, and Pella for the 2011 finale.
"We wanted to capitalize on the fact that they’re traveling and coming from a long distance like we’ve done in the past," coach Al Hofmann said.
That gave the Tigers a comfortable cushion and a large margin for goalkeeper Mallory Schultze, who made seven saves in the shutout. It was a far cry from the team’s shootout victory against Lewis Central in the 2012 regional final.
"This win was definitely less of a cardiac arrest than last season against Lewis Central," Hofmann said. "It was a comfortable win and we got to play a lot of the girls, so that’s always a bonus."
The Tigers also benefited from home-field advantage after two seasons in which they played on the road for a state berth. Playing in front of the home crowd was a welcome change.
"I thoguht we were for sure deserving of a home-field opportunity," Hofmann said. "It was really fun to be able to do that."
A-D-M will face off against top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier, who has won seven state titles in a row. The two teams faced off in last year’s first round. A-D-M rallied late in the match but fell 2-1.
"I won’t say it’s going to be an easy match, but we’re not afraid of them having played them 2-1 last year," Hofmann said. "There’s an agreed-upon feeling that we can play with this team. We’re a better, more balanced team than we were last season and they lost a lot from last year. It’s still a David-and-Goliath situation, and we’re happy to be David."
A-D-M will host a sendoff ceremony Thursday morning in the 8-9 commons. There will be a team brunch at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. sendoff. Fans are encouraged to wear black.