DCG's Emma Angus punches ticket to collegiate athletics
While thoughts may be on what's taking place on the football gridiron, recent events also brought attention to the soccer pitch.
That's after DCG's Emma Angus made her collegiate soccer commitment to Simpson College.
"I've played soccer my entire life and I knew I wanted to play it in college as well," said Angus. "I also run cross country but my primary sport is soccer and this is extremely exciting for me."
The multi-sport athlete could have had her choice of sports but it was soccer that stole the show. Angus has been a strong player in the soccer lighting things up from both the offensive and defensive ends.
"Emma has been a big help to us defensively," said head coach Dan James during the 2018-19 campaign. "She's a great team player."
Angus has put in a lot of work and multiple schools were on her radar before ultimately deciding on Simpson College.
"The atmosphere there is so amazing and they are just so welcoming," Angus said. "Coach is very personable and is always looking for how he can help you grow both as a player and a person which is what I look for in a coach."
Simpson's atmosphere shares a lot of similarities with Dallas Center-Grimes high school, which Angus said will help with the jump to the collegiate ranks .
"I was in contact with schools who were bigger in size but I go to a smaller school now," began Angus. "Having that one-on-one interaction with the teachers is something I like and excel at so going to Simpson will feel right at home for me. That's something that really stood out to me."
In total, Angus was in talks with four programs in search of her talents which is something to be said given the challenges of COVID-19. Unlike in years past, the entire recruiting process was turned upside down, presenting even more challenges for athletes like Angus.
"It was very difficult since most colleges shut down their tours and things went virtual," said Angus. "You really couldn't have in-person interactions that are so helpful. They felt like they could do some type of in-person in Indianola. They took all the precautions and we were outside most of the time."
While Angus is looking forward to forming new connections at Simpson, she has made lasting ones at DCG.
"I've had many coaches since I was a little kid and you always have a coach that stands out and shape you and coach James definitely has been that for me," said Angus. "I've played him when he was at the Menace. He's such an amazing coach and just knows the game so well. It's nice to have a coach who's really prepared and who wants the best for you."
Until she hits the collegiate scene, there's still some unfinished business that Angus and DCG girls soccer have heading into the 2021 campaign.
"This team puts their all on the field and holds nothing back," began Angus. "That has been a big key for us lately and with who we have coming back, we're going to have experience which is also big. We're ready to not just get back to state, but so much more."
She joins a roster where everyone has at least a game's worth of state tournament experience. Angus is excited to continue on her 2020-21 campaign that includes taking part in the girls cross country team and another shot at a state torunament run.