Why Ian Jurgensen's 6-goal night could be a turning point for Ames boys soccer

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

Ian Jurgensen needed to vent.

The 2022 boys soccer season had gotten off to a frustrating start for Ames heading into last Tuesday's game at Mason City. The Little Cyclones had only played three games up to that point due to poor weather conditions and didn't have any weekend tournaments scheduled, so the boys were getting a little antsy.

To make matters worse, in the games the Little Cyclones did get in, they had only mustered a total of two goals. Jurgensen had yet to put one in the net after scoring five goals in 14 games last year and he was dealing with a sore ankle to boot.

“I was mad,” Jurgensen said. “During practices, it felt like I couldn’t get anything done. I was trying to stay focused on that bus ride there (to Mason City) and get in the right mindset."

Whatever he did to keep his concentration on Mason City worked.

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Ian Jurgensen helped the Ames boys soccer team break out of a funk last Tuesday with 6 goals in a 10-0 victory at Mason City. Jurgensen's amazing performance has lit a fire under the Little Cyclones, who turned in another 10-0 victory Friday over Fort Dodge at Ames.

Jurgensen scored six goals against the Mohawks as Ames rolled to a 10-0 victory.

“Ian was a man on a mission,” Ames head coach Ryan McGowan said. “The guys kept finding him. He did a really good job of connecting with his teammates then getting behind (the defense) and finishing those crosses that came in the box. Ian was everywhere Tuesday night.” 

Jurgensen put his six goals up on 14 shots. He finished one goal shy of the school single-game record of seven set by Dylan Martinez against Newton back in 2000.

“It would’ve been nice to have the school record,” Jurgensen said. “But that‘s not my concern. I was definitely happy with the win that night."

After the game, Jurgensen said he felt a big sense of satisfaction.

“It was a rough start to the year, so that definitely felt good,” Jurgensen said. “A few of the goals I wish I used a bit better skill, but it felt good that I could finally get on the stat sheet.” 

Jurgensen's big night lit a fire under the entire Ames offense. The Little Cyclones followed up their explosive performance against Mason City with another 10-0 victory Friday at home against Fort Dodge.

“As a striker, you take a lot of responsibility where the team looks to you to score goals,” McGowan said. “You create some chances against Norwalk, Valley and Johnston, but don’t end up scoring many goals and that build-up of getting goals against Mason City felt like it relieved some pressure.” 

Friday's victory saw nearly everyone else get involved on offense. Jurgensen didn't score once in the dominant victory.

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“It was spread out,” Jurgensen said. “That was really good to see.”  

Freshman midfielder Zachary Cuva was inspired by Jurgensen's performance against Mason City.

“It was great,” Cuva said. “We needed to win that game and Ian’s game – six goals. You can’t ask for more from him.” 

Cuva had moved from the outside to an attacking midfielder against Mason City. He scored one goal against the Mohawks and did his best Jurgensen imitation Friday with a hat trick.

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Freshman Zachary Cuva followed up Ian Jurgensen's monster 6-goal game against Mason City with 3 goals for Ames in its 10-0 victory over Fort Dodge Friday.

“Zachary Cuva, a freshman, getting three goals,” Jurgensen said. “I was happy to see that.” 

Noah Madson, Ethan Sigurdsson, Omar Amer, Chase Oetker, Tate Downs, Christian Gallt and Jason Wolters each scored one goal against Fort Dodge. Gallt and Andrew Sullivan also dished out two assists apiece.

“You have multiple people scoring goals,” McGowan said. “It’s building that team confidence. We’re not looking to just one person to score our goals and we’re a lot harder to mark.” 

Ames is now 3-2 after the two decisive victories.

The Little Cyclones have a great chance to keep their momentum going against Marshalltown (1-6) next Tuesday. Then things get a lot tougher with games against Class 3A No. 1 Ankeny, No. 6 Ankeny Centennial and No. 12 Waukee Northwest on the horizon.

McGowan knows he's not going to get a performance like the one Jurgensen had against Mason City every night, especially against the elite competition coming up. But he is pleased with where his team is headed. 

“We’ve had bad luck with our scheduling,” McGowan said. “We’re a few games behind, but I do think we’re going in the right direction.”