(KMAland) — For the second straight 12 months, the state champion Lewis Central woman’s soccer staff finds their manner into the KMA Sports Top 10 groups from 2016-17.
The Titans, who had been No. 2 on our checklist a 12 months in the past, completed off a terrific run to a different title in June, defeating Union Neighborhood 2-1 within the 2A ultimate.
Coach Chris Von Mende’s staff did it with a number of freshmen within the beginning lineup and simply three seniors – Kelsey McSorley, Suzie McDonald and Taylor Rolles – again from the 2016 champions.
“We started out with a pretty tough schedule,” Von Mende advised KMA Sports on Friday morning. “Some really tough teams. It gave us a good chance to see if particular players could handle the physical play. I figured out those that could handle it and fit right in, and the others that needed to develop a bit.”
The Titans had been removed from a completed product to open the season, however progressively their lineup of 5 freshmen starters started to show right into a staff that might contend for one more championship.
“At the end of the Burke Tournament,” Von Mende stated, “is where I started to see it. We had a lot to work on, and the team worked hard to fix it. That’s when I really saw us clicking and thought this team could do more than what I thought at the beginning.”
The Titans swept by way of the Hawkeye Ten Convention and beat Sergeant Bluff-Luton (7-Zero) and Abraham Lincoln (Three-Zero) to get again to the state event.
After wins over Newton (1-Zero) and ADM/Van Meter (Four-1) they had been abruptly one win away from a second straight title. Nevertheless, it took a penalty kick from an unlikely supply to clinch their state championship win over Union.
“I saw Kelsey and Mikayla McCart running up there right away,” Von Mende remembered. “They were in a conference, and Kelsey asked if it was OK if Mikayla took it. When a person wants to take a PK real bad, you gotta go with it. The other thing in the back of my mind was that she always did good when were practicing penalty kicks.”
McCart made the kick for simply her third purpose of the season, and the Lewis Central protection closed it out to win one other title. Hearken to the total interview with Coach Von Mende under.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Titans lose simply three starters, however all of them performed large roles in every state championship. Then again, Iowa State commit Grace Guidry, who scored 21 targets in her freshman season, returns together with loads of different expertise.
“Now that we’ve started the trend of trying to go to state and win it all,” Von Mende stated, “we have to put that as our goal (every year). We’ll see how things transpire, but I do know that if the girls keep developing like they did this past year they could do it again.”
2016-17 TOP 10 TEAMS
6. Lewis Central Girls Soccer
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