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Saints top Iowa Falls, eye 8th state title

DES MOINES - The Xavier Saints will be seeking their eighth state  title in school history Saturday afternoon when they face Norwalk in  the championship game of the Class 2A boys state soccer tournament in  Des Moines.

Xavier (14-4) is the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Norwalk (17-4) is  the No. 2 seed and the defending state champions. The championship  match is scheduled for 2:30.

The Saints clipped Iowa Falls/Alden, 4-2, in the semifinals Friday.

Luke Duball and Will Hanigan gave Xavier an early 2-0 lead, but Iowa  Falls superstar Marcos Villa scored twice to pull his team into a 2-2  deadlock at intermission.

All the scoring in the first half came in the first 10 minutes.

Justin Schneider gave the Saints a 3-2 lead with 22 minutes left in  the match when he scored on a rebound. Hanigan converted a penalty  kick a few minutes later to make it 4-2.

Hanigan was slowed during most of the season with a back injury, but  he's returned to give the Saints a big boost in the postseason.

Villa, a foreign exchange student from Spain, leads the state by a  wide margin with 58 goals in 21 games. Iowa Falls finished 20-1.


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