A few more accolades continue to roll in and shed light on what was another great year for A-D-M girls’ soccer.
Recently the IGCA released their 2018 All-State teams for each class and residing inside the Class 2A field are two Tiger stars.
Both earned second team All-State honors including freshman standout Ashlynn Watt and senior leader Izzy LaFollette. Watt busted on the varsity scene in her first year and was any defenses worst nightmare. Watt connected on a team best 26 goals, a mark that resides as one of the most goals scored by a freshman at A-D-M. Those 26 goals marked the third most in the conference while Watt’s five made penalty kicks led the entire Raccoon River Conference. Watt also led the Tigers in assists on the season with 11.
Tiger head coach Kelsey Gaffney spoke on the talented freshman and what she accomplished this season.
“Ashlynn has been a tremendous help to this team,” said Gaffney. “She’s always putting herself in the right position to help the team weather it’s with an assist or with a goal. She’s never been afraid to get in there and win those 50/50 balls and she’s been a very good teammate both on and off the field.”
The other All-State selection for the Tigers includes fellow second team member Izzy LaFollette. The senior star connected on 14 goals and six assists in her finale season with the Tigers. LaFollette will end her tenure as a Tiger with 39 career goals scored along with 15 career assists.
Coach Gaffney spoke about the senior prior to the regular season finale.
“Izzy’s been such a leader for this team,” began Gaffney. “She’s always found a way to make the team better and she’s always had the drive to do more. She’s been great about seeing the whole field and helping the offense run smoothly. We’ve stressed connecting passes and that was something Izzy did well this season.”
LaFollette will continue to play the sport of soccer as a member of the University of Northern Iowa women’s soccer team next year. LaFollette spoke about her path that led to the purple and gold and why she ultimately chose to reside in Cedar Falls.
“Ultimately I felt really comfortable there,” began LaFollette. “It’s such a great culture with a winning atmosphere like the one here at A-D-M. All the coaches have been so nice to me and supportive and I felt like the best chance for me to grow and improve as a soccer player would be with UNI.”
LaFollette will be one of eight seniors graduating while Watt will be one of the five leading scorers returning for the 2019 edition of A-D-M girls’ soccer.