Here are 13 candidates for All-Iowa high school girls soccer player of the year

Alyssa Hertel
Des Moines Register

As we hit the stretch run of the 2022 high school girls soccer season, several players have separated themselves from the rest of the field.

From a loaded Valley team led by Anna Van Wyngarden to Camille Landphair’s dominance for Dike-New Hartford in Class 1A, there is no shortage of talent to consider for the best girls soccer player in Iowa.

The state soccer tournament will take place May 31-June 4, with some, if not all, of these players competing for a state title. Here are 13 potential candidates for the All-Iowa Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Names are listed in alphabetical order.

West Des Moines Valley forward Anna Van Wyngarden, left, battles Ankeny junior defender Maddie Foels for the ball during the 2021 Class 3A state soccer finals.

Maia Bentley, Sr., Mount Vernon

Bentley is sixth among all girls soccer players with 73 points, including 29 goals. Mount Vernon is 13-1 and has a 9-1 record against conference opponents.

Sofia Bush, Jr., Linn-Mar

Bush is a force in eastern Iowa, helping Linn-Mar to a 13-2 record against some of the best teams in the state. She has 23 goals and 58 points and could be a surprise for western and central Iowa teams when postseason play comes around.

Macy Davis, Jr., Waukee Northwest

Waukee Northwest defender Macy Davis, who played for Waukee last season, is one of the top players in Iowa girls soccer this season.

An All-State First Team selection by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association last season, Davis was the only underclassman to make the first-team cut. This year, she’s helped the Wolves to an 11-2 record in their first season and the sixth spot in the Class 3A rankings.

Eden Gibson, Sr., Ankeny

Ankeny Centennial senior Isabelle Sash, left, defends Ankeny senior Eden Gibson, right, during the Pack the Pitch soccer game.

Ankeny has a strong defense, and Gibson plays a big role. She has scored five goals and recorded 11 points off 12 shots on goal, some of the more impressive offensive stats among Iowa defenders.

Avery Horner, Sr., Bettendorf

Horner is second among all Class 3A players with 23 goals and 63 points, and she is first with 17 assists. In ultra-competitive 3A play, she has helped Bettendorf to an 11-3 record and a 6-2 start in conference play.

Alexa Johnson, Sr., Spencer

Johnson’s 41 goals and 84 points are both second-most among all girls soccer players in Iowa. She has scored 41 goals on 47 shots, leading to a state-best 66.1 shot percentage. 

Avery Korsching, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes

Dallas Center-Grimes' Avery Korsching kicks the ball down the field during the 2021 Class 2A state soccer quarterfinal between Dallas Center-Grimes and Lewis Central.

On the Class 2A top team’s roster, Korsching leads the Mustangs in goals, assists and points. She has 24 goals, 13 assists and 61 points while helping Dallas Center-Grimes to a 15-0 record. The Mustangs are the only undefeated team in Class 2A.

Courtney Kovacs, Sr., Ankeny Centennial

Ankeny Centennial senior Courtney Kovacs, right, battles Ankeny sophomore Emma Gott for the ball during the Pack the Pitch soccer game on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Ankeny.

Kovacs was all-state and all-tournament last season, and she’s continued that success into this season. On offense, she has one goal and four points. It’s on defense where Kovacs’ skill shines, though, as Jaguars goalies have allowed just four goals all season and faced 35 shots on goal.

Camille Landphair, Jr., Dike-New Hartford

The junior forward leads all girls soccer players with 47 goals and 105 total points. Her offensive production has helped Dike-New Hartford to a 12-1 record and tied for the top spot in Class 1A.

Jasmine Moser, Jr., Ankeny

Ankeny junior Jasmine Moser kicks the ball down the field in the first half against Ankeny Centennial during the Pack the Pitch soccer game.

Moser has played more than 900 minutes in net and has allowed one goal. She’s stopped 44 shots and has a 97.8 save percentage while helping Ankeny to a tie for the top spot in Class 3A.

Hanna Schimmer, Sr., Council Bluffs Lincoln

Council Bluffs Lincoln senior forward Hanna Schimmer drives the ball upfield in the second half against Waukee during a game in 2021.

Schimmer’s stats speak for her, with 33 goals and 76 points. She is fourth in goals and fifth in total points among all girls soccer players, and she has helped the Lynx to a 12-3 record and the No. 5 ranking in Class 3A.

Ana Spaine, Jr., Valley

Valley junior defender Ana Spaine, left, moves the ball away from Ankeny Centennial's Meghan White in the first half of a 2021 match.

With a 14-0 record, the Tigers are the only undefeated team in Class 3A, and Spaine’s defense is part of the reason for that success. She has started 13 of Valley’s games and, in the backfield, has helped the Tigers goalies to a perfect record.

Anna Van Wyngarden, Sr., Valley

Several coaches whose teams have played Valley recognized Van Wyngarden as one of the best players in Iowa high school soccer. She has recorded 12 goals and 36 points, which is significant because of limited playing time and a stacked Tigers roster.

Alyssa Hertel is a college sports recruiting reporter for the Des Moines Register. Contact Alyssa at ahertel@dmreg.com or on Twitter @AlyssaHertel.