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No Class 3A attacking duo was more proficient on Iowa high school soccer fields this spring than Iowa City West’s combo of midfielder Regan Steigleder and forward Emma Cooper.
Monday, Steigleder was named Iowa’s Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year for those efforts.
Steigleder led Class 3A with 37 goals and added 11 assists as West (19-2) reached the state semifinals. Her skill, speed and comfort on the ball in the middle of the pitch made her a difficult matchup for the Women of Troy’s opponents.
She showed her ability to score from almost anywhere with a quick change of direction and strike from 30 yards out in West’s 2-1 state semifinal loss to Ames.
Steigleder signed with Northwestern and will join Cooper — who had 27 goals and 21 assists and signed with Michigan — in the Big Ten.
“Those two players are unbelievable,” West Coach Dave Rosenthal said after the season-ending loss to Ames. “What can happen with two incredible players is they can drop their level down and play with all these other players that aren’t at quite the same level, or, they can lift their teammates up and make them better and make their whole team better. That’s what they’ve done all year.”
West went 72-12 in Steigleder's four seasons, including a 3A championship in 2015. She totaled 93 goals and 28 assists.
Bettendorf’s Jack Dunn is the Gatorade’s Iowa boys’ soccer player of the year.