When soccer fans saw Abraham Lincoln’s Darby Thomas burn defenders on her way to a goal or Lewis Central’s Kelsey McSorley put a team on her back during a multiscore performance, many said the same thing.
“How did she do that?”
Moments like that were common in 2017 in Council Bluffs girls soccer.
Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Central, St. Albert and Thomas Jefferson reached the regional finals, a win from the state soccer tournament. Lewis Central won a second straight Class 2-A state championship. Those four city schools went a combined 56-23, and each was part of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s rankings from April 21 until the end of the season.
Considering those credentials, choosing The Daily Nonpareil’s All-City girls soccer team was a chore. Only 11 spots are available, but 14 C.B. players earned all-state honors from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Many deserving players who would have easily landed on this roster in another year fell just short, a testament to the balanced depth in the city.
Lewis Central (19-3) leads the way with five selections. Senior forward McSorley, midfielder Suzie McDonald and defender Taylor Rolles each received Class 2-A first-team all-state honors, and two freshmen were second-team honorees: forward Grace Guidry and defender Isabella Smith.
Abraham Lincoln (15-5) put three sophomores on the squad in forward Thomas, a 2-A first-team selection, defender Taren Newman, who was second-team all-state, and goalkeeper Rilee Filip.
Thomas Jefferson (13-5) sophomore midfielder Sawyer Elliff was a 2-A first-team all-state selection and lands on the all-city roster for a second straight season, joined by senior midfielder Danielle Mefferd.
St. Albert (9-10) junior midfielder Kalyn Wettengel rounds out the roster after landing on the Class 1-A first-team all-state team.
The City Player of the Year will be announced in Sunday’s paper.