Former ADM soccer star earns collegiate honors on the pitch

Andrew Brown - Sports
Central College freshman Sydney Canney as a member of the Women’s Soccer team. PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTRAL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Just as she did at the high school ranks, former ADM grad Sydney Canney has found success on the collegiate soccer field for Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Recently, Canney was honored with a trio of awards including The Most Improved Player Award shared with Katie Wang of Park Center High School. Through 18 games played, Canney has impressed people all over the soccer landscape and even came away with the Newcomer of the Year Award. The final award for Canney was the Denhar Award.

All of that occurring in just her very first season on the collegiate soccer pitch and something that Canney herself won’t soon forget.

“To get those awards in my freshman year feels absolutely amazing,” began Canney. “I came into the season just looking to compete and do my part for the team and to get these awards is a pleasant surprise. I look up to the upperclassmen and my coaches and for them to feel I’ve been the most improved really builds me up.”

One aspect that highlighted her talents in high school and has continued at college has been her ability to mentally adapt to whatever situation comes her way. Canney spoke about the differences from high school to college and what she’s learned along the way.

“Back in high school I was a multiple sport athlete and not solely focused on soccer and so much of the time I relied on my athletic ability to play soccer,” began Canney. “Now in college, the biggest thing I’ve learned in how to approach the game mentally. From the little things like certain techniques to bigger things like how to position myself and strategy, I’ve gone beyond just relying on my physical skills and also relied on my mental skills just as much.”

As a freshman defender/midfielder, Canney has earned a varsity letter winner, Most Improved Player, Newcomer of the Year, and Denhar Award. Canney is one of 13 Iowa born players currently on the women’s soccer roster.