Xavier girls' soccer team eyes another state run

HS journalism: Saints want to regain state title

Cedar Rapids Xavier goalkeeper Melody Snow (1) blocks a shot by Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Morgan Petsche during a match last season at Xavier. The Saints are 4-2 this year and eye another state run. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier goalkeeper Melody Snow (1) blocks a shot by Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Morgan Petsche during a match last season at Xavier. The Saints are 4-2 this year and eye another state run. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Xavier girls’ soccer team wants another streak — another state championship streak.

The Saints won eight straight state title, starting in 2006 and ending in 2013.

The new head coach, Chris Higgins, has brought new hope to the team.

The Saints are 4-2 heading into tonight’s home match against Dubuque Wahlert (4:15 p.m.) They have wins over Waterloo West, Linn-Mar, Prairie and a 1-0 victory over Iowa City High on Tuesday.

Many of the girls worked hard in the offseason, some playing for a club team in the fall and winter while others got together to work out. The team started in February with circuit training, which consisted of rotating through eight exercises for an hour.

“In the fall, I had practices and tournaments with my club team, F.C. United, and in the winter we had workouts twice a week,” junior Paige Diebold said. “I also played with the Iowa ODP team, going to practices and tournaments throughout the winter. Our team at Xavier had circuit workouts February-March, and I have also spent time working on shooting, juggling, fitness and foot skills.”

The Saints are led by senior captains Ellie Fischer, Addy Hoffman and Melody Snow. These seniors are using their prior experience to work toward leading the team to the state tournament.

“I am going to be a communicator on and off the field, whether this be through communicating with my coaches, talking to my team about improvements we need to make that I am able to see from the goal, or collaborating with the other captains about ideas for the upcoming games or plans for team bonding,” Snow said.

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