Iowa boys' state soccer: Bondurant-Farrar falls to Xavier in Class 2A championship game

Matthew Bain
Des Moines Register

The two teams playing for Iowa's Class 2A boys' soccer state title Saturday afternoon couldn't have been any more different.

Xavier, a juggernaut out of Cedar Rapids, has been one of the state's most successful programs. The Saints entered Saturday with seven state titles in their 19 total state tournament appearances.

On the other side of the pitch, Bondurant-Farrar was playing in just its third state tournament and had never won a state tournament game — let alone a title. But the Bluejays' high-octane scoring attack and sound defense led them to their first two state tournament wins and all the way to Saturday's final.

It was powerhouse vs. underdog.

And the powerhouse won.

The Saints handled Bondurant-Farrar 2-0 Saturday to claim their eighth boys' state soccer title in those 19 appearances.

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Bondurant-Farrar junior Evan Reha, left, battles Cedar Rapids Xavier junior Spencer Kramer for the ball in the second half during the Class 2A boys state soccer championship game on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Cownie Field in Des Moines.

"I couldn’t be prouder of these guys. Talented group of kids," Bluejays head coach Mark Cox said. "We scored 104 goals and gave up 12 this year. It just wasn’t our day. That keeper made some fantastic saves. That guy had a great shot for that second goal. I told those guys I love all of them. I said, 'You play with joy. You play for your family and your community.’ ...

"It just wasn’t our day. That’s what happens in soccer sometimes."

After putting consistent pressure on Bondurant-Farrar's back line, Lincoln Oakley netted Xavier's (15- first goal in the 26th minute off a corner kick from Ren Schroud. Oakley was a sophomore at the 2019 tournament, when Xavier lost in the title game to Lewis Central in a stunner.

He still remembers the feeling from that loss. He said it motivated Xavier Saturday.

"It means everything," Oakley said. "It’s so sweet. Just seeing those seniors in tears and that brought me to tears (in 2019). We just worked. Try to reclaim what they left off.

"This is a moment I’m never going to forget in my life."

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Schroud fired in a goal at the 55th minute to give Xavier its 2-0 lead. Bondurant-Farrar had several chances throughout the 80 minutes, but Xavier goalkeeper Carson Jeffery logged a handful of impressive saves to preserve the shutout.

The Bluejays ended their season at 18-4.

"They’ve done so much for the community, all these young kids," Cox said of his players. "You should’ve seen the parade downtown. All these (kids) coming out to congratulate these guys on a great season, make their way up here.

"You never know what kind of impact it has on younger kids moving up and finding joy for the game and finding passion for the game, being able to watch these guys compete and perform so well all year."

Note to readers: Saturday's Class 3A final was in progress when the Register went to press. Look for coverage at DesMoinesRegister.com and in Monday's print edition.

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Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Drake basketball and pretty much anything else under the sports sun for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network.  Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

Members of the Cedar Rapids Xavier boys soccer team celebrate a state championship win over Bondurant-Farrar during the Class 2A boys state soccer championship game on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Cownie Field in Des Moines.