A high-profile matchup between two top teams lived up to its hype.
The eighth-ranked Bettendorf Bulldogs took down third-rated and previously unbeaten West Des Moines Dowling 2-0 at Pleasant Valley High School on Saturday.
Both goalies had busy games with Bettendorf goalkeeper Michael Lintz stopping 14 shots and Dowling keeper Billy Comito turning away 12.
Bettendorf sophomore Eduvie Ikoba brought home the first goal in the 32nd minute with a pile of people in front of the net.
The Bulldogs got the goal they needed to put the game away when Tyler Dunlavy was pushed inside the penalty area in the 60th minute and made his penalty shot.
"I knew it was important because Dowling came back 1-0 against PV last night at halftime and it was nerve wracking," Dunlavy said. "Just glad the goalie didn't dive that way."
Bettendorf coach Ben Pennington said beating the No. 3 team in the state sets up the rest of the season.
"We took a tough loss when we played well against Muscatine, but very proud of our guys for their effort today," Pennington said.
"We wanted our forwards to step up and put pressure on their back four even when they didn't have the ball and they really wanted to win this game."