In what was one of their better seasons to date, the Dallas Center-Grimes girls soccer team continued to receive accolades for 2019, most recently with the All-Little Hawkeye Conference honors.
The conference champion Fillies ended up placing eight on the All-Conference roster made up of three first team selections, three second team selections, and two honorable mention honorees.
The first team All-Conference selections for DC-G began with the ever speedy freshman Avery Korsching. Making a huge splash in her inaugural high school soccer season, Korsching led the Fillies in goals scored on the season with ten total. That mark not only led the DC-G roster but also ranked sixth throughout all Little Hawkeye Conference scorers. Korsching also piled on four assists and 24 total points and was one of the more efficient shooters with a shooting percentage at 33 percent following the conclusion of the 2019 campaign. The talent was there from the start and when it combined with great soccer IQ, the freshman’s position within the Fillies roster was nearly solidified from day one.
“Very early on we as coaches knew she had varsity level talent but little did we know that with how well she sees the field, that she would be in our starting line up so early,” began head coach Dan James. “She has quick footwork and that combined with her speed allows her to get a jump on defenders and be so successful.”
Joining Korsching on the first team All-Conference list is Sydney Smith. Smith has been a potent midfielder for all 15 games for the Fillie soccer team. Along with redirecting traffic in favor of DC-G on a near nightly basis, the junior also added in six goals scored and four assists. The work done by Smith and the rest of the Fillie midfield was crucial to DC-G’s success as stated by coach James.
“One of the things this team has done so well this season has been to own the midfield,” stated James. “Sydney and the rest of the midfield girls have done such a great job feeding our offense and assisting the backfield that without them, we wouldn’t have been as successful as we were.”
Speaking of the backfield, DC-G teammate Emma Angus also received an All-Conference bid, earning her place as a defensive member. Angus was part of the coveted defense that allowed just nine goals against all season long, a mark that paced the entire Little Hawkeye Conference by two goals over Newton.
“Our defense is arguably one of the best if not the best defense in the entire state,” said coach James after state. “With Emma Angus, Dakota Miles, and others back there, it not only makes it extremely difficult for other teams to score, but our transition from defense to offense is extremely effective.”
The second team All-Conference honorees for the Fillies included senior Maddie Duey. Duey scored three goals in 2019 and was honored with All-State Tournament honors as well. Joining her on the second team and fellow All-State Tournament team member is Jaci Versluis followed by defensmen Mackenzie Fortune.
The honorable mention honorees for DC-G included senior Sami Sterbenz and sophomore Morgan Rosenbeck.