DYERSVILLE — A successful soccer midfield is born from familiarity, awareness and chemistry.
No girls’ soccer team in the state boasts more of each than Dyersville Beckman.
Senior McKenzie Arens and sisters Sydney Arens and Kennedy Arens man each of the starting midfield spots for the Blazers, a trio that has proven to be quite productive just two games into the season.
“It will get a little tense at time,” McKenzie Arens said after the Blazers routed Benton Community, 10-0, in the opener of the girl/boy Wamac Conference soccer doubleheader Monday at Beckman High School. “But we come together.”
Against Benton, McKenzie Arens posted a goal and an assist, sophomore Sydney added two goals and three assists, while freshman Kennedy also contributed an assist.
McKenzie Arens and Sydney Arens were both key contributors for a Beckman team that finished 10-8 and was within two wins of reaching the state tournament last season. With five assists in two games, Sydney Arens is nearly halfway to her team-high total of 12 last season. She started all 18 games for the 2017 Blazers, while McKenzie added five goals and two assists in 17 starts.
With Kennedy Arens now a varsity-eligible freshman, the sisters — who each got their soccer start playing in Dyersville youth leagues — have the opportunity to be teammates again.
“I think everyone is excited because we have so many age groups playing,” McKenzie Arens said. “I think we just have a connection with our passes.”
Beckman sophomore Ashley Engelken scored four goals against Benton, the second game in a row in which she has led the Blazers in scoring. Junior Tara Hansel — a first team all-Wamac honoree who scored 16 goals in 17 games last season — scored three times and added an assist.
“We spread the ball around well,” Beckman Coach Greg Keegan said. “We’ve got a couple of good sets of forwards.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Haley LeGrand posted her second shutout in two games for Beckman (2-0, 2-0 Wamac). Junior Ellie Bildstein also tallied an assist.
The Blazers visit Solon (1-0, 0-0) on Friday.
“Very pleased with their effort,” Keegan said. “We’re starting to come together as a team. We’re looking like we know what we’re doing out there.”
Dyersville Beckman 10, Benton Community 0
Goals — Ashley Engelken 4 (6), Tara Hansel 3 (4), Sydney Arens 2 (2), McKenzie Arens 1 (1). Assists — Sydney Arens 3 (5), Kennedy Arens 1 (1), McKenzie Arens 1 (2), Ellie Bildstein 1 (1), Tara Hansel 1 (2).
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