On the very day that they attempt to reach the state tournament, the A-D-M/Van Meter girls’ soccer team has some awards bestowed upon four soccer stars.
The IGCA released their All-District soccer teams for 2018 and within Class 2A’s West District, four Tiger stars earned all district honors. Two came in on the first team roster including freshman Ashlynn Watt and senior Isabel LaFollette. There were two second team all district selections for the Tigers including Delaney Bertman and senior defensive star Sydney Canney.
Watt and LaFollette were offensive stars all season long for the Tigers. Watt leads all Tigers in goals scored with a whopping 25 made goals and 61 total points acquired. Watt has taken 64 shots on goal this season while successful on five out of six attempted penalty kicks which leads the entire Raccoon River Conference. As for the future UNI star Izzy LaFollette, the senior has been a rock for the Tigers accounting for 14 goals on the season and 34 points. LaFollette has attempted 62 shots on goal while connecting on two of three penalty kicks.
These two individuals were stars in the making before the season even started as head coach Kelsey Gaffney mentioned.
“Izzy and Ashlynn are very skilled players,” began Gaffney. “They’ve been playing soccer for quite some time and know what to do with certain situations. They’re going to be great for this team,”
The two second team all district selections for the Tigers included Delaney Bertman Sydney Canney. Bertman, a 2017 All-West District first team selection, has been a stellar goal keeper for A-D-M acquiring 28 saves while allowing just five goals scored all season long. Canney may not jump off the stat sheets but the senior star has been a multi-year starter and part of the lock down Tiger defense. She has been a mainstay on a defense that hasn’t allowed more than two goals scored against the Tigers in any single game all season long. The A-D-M defense has put up 12 scoreless shut outs this season.
Canney has been a soccer star since she stepped onto the pitch and coach Gaffney spoke about the senior’s skills both mentally and physically.
“Sydney (Canney) is an amazing athlete and person,” started Gaffney. “She can cover the entire field and still not be winded and mentally she reads each situation and does a great job acting on them. She know’s what to do and she never seems to get flustered which is huge at the varsity level.”
All four stars will hit the soccer pitch for their sub-state final match up against Dallas Center-Grimes tonight. Kick off from Adel will begin at 6 p.m.