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A look at 10 Gazette area girls’ soccer players and five teams to watch this spring.
Allie Strottman, sr., goalkeeper, Linn-Mar – Signed to play Division-I soccer at Milwaukee, Strottman was named 3A second-team all-state a season ago. She also was named first-team in the MVC and was named Keeper of the Year in the conference. Allowed just 12 goals last season against 127 shots,a 91.4 save percentage.
Regan Steigleder, sr., midfielder, Iowa City West – Class 3A first-team all-state last season as a junior as Trojans advanced all the way to the state final. Scored 21 goals in 21 games and added on four assists as well. Signed to play at Northwestern.
Emma Cooper, sr., forward, Iowa City West – Class 3A first-team all-state. Had nearly identical stats to Steigleder, scoring 21 goals and was responsible for 8 assists. Is also heading to the Big Ten and will play at Michigan.
Grace Brown, sr., defender, Iowa City High – Class 3A first-team all-state in 2016. Started all 18 games for a defense that allowed just 14 goals. Tallied 22 points (6 goals, 10 assists) for the Little Hawks, the third-highest total on her team.
Hannah Bormann, sr., forward, Clear Creek-Amana – Class 2A first-team all-state. Headed to Drake after her senior year, Bormann scored 28 goals and tallied 11 assists in a 67-point effort. Incredibly, that was down from the 38-goal effort she had in 2015.
Maggie Murphy, jr., midfielder, DeWitt Central – Class 2A first-team all-state. Scored 10 goals for the 15-2 Sabers. Of the 24 shots she took last season, an impressive 17 of those were on-goal. First-team all-Wamac.
Sydney Small, jr., forward, DeWitt Central – Class 2A honorable mention all-state. Also first-team all-Wamac, Small played a huge part of the Sabers success last season, scoring 16 goals. She also had 11 assists and led the team in both that category and goals scored.
Josie Durr, sr., midfielder, Solon – Three-time 1A first-team all-state selection. Is committed to Iowa. She led the entire state in goals last season, scoring 46 to put her three-year total at 108. Also an accomplished basketball player.
Cayla Renwick, sr., defender, Cedar Rapids Prairie – First-team all MVC. Scored 15 goals last year to lead team. Signed to play at NCAA Division II Concordia-St. Paul.
Hannah Sacora, jr., forward, Cedar Rapids Washington. First-team all-MVC. Scored 10 goals for the Warriors last season while also tallying 5 assists. Looks to help lead an improving Washington squad.
Clear Creek-Amana: Losing 1-0 in a Class 2A regional final to Newton was certainly tough for a team that found quite a bit of success last season. However, breaking through to the state tournament has yet to transpire and it will certainly be on senior star forward Hannah Bormann’s mind. It’s something the Clippers have never done and that will likely weigh heavily on this year’s group.
Iowa City West: The 3A state runner-up last year and champion in 2015, the Trojans bring back two Division-1 signed players. A third-straight return to the state final looks like it may be preordained for this talented group.
Dewitt Central: Going 30-3 over the past two seasons is a pretty incredible feat, but the Sabers still have yet to get into the state tournament. That might change this year as, once again, the team brings back a number of talented players in a still relatively young group.
Iowa City Regina: Runner-up in Class 1A last year, the Regals bring back a number of pieces from an extremely solid team. Regina has never claimed a state girls’ soccer crown and last year’s season was the furthest the Regals had ever advanced.
Marion: The Indians lost a couple pieces off their squad last year, but still remain an interesting team in the Wamac. Marion returns a bit of its offense as well as keeper Grace Byers.