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Six Cubs make all-state in girls’ soccer

Abby Stephenson
Abby Stephenson
Jessica Helton
Jessica Helton
Clara Sporrer
Clara Sporrer

The Nevada girls’ soccer team was well-rewarded for its outstanding 21-1 season and state runner-up finish in Class 1A as the Cubs had six players given all-state recognition by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Nevada put three players on the 1A first team. No other school had more than two first-team selections in 1A.

Freshman midfielder Abby Stephenson, senior forward Jessica Helton and sophomore keeper Clara Sporrer made the first team from Nevada.

Stephenson led Nevada in scoring and assists during her initial varsity season. She netted 22 goals – including both of the team’s scores at the state tournament – and dished out 13 assists.

Helton turned in a fantastic senior season. She was right behind Stephenson in offensive production with 20 goals and 12 assists.

Sporrer repeated as an all-state pick at keeper. She was phenomenal as the last line of defense for Nevada, giving up just nine goals with a goal-against average of .459.

Making up the rest of the 1A first team were: Davenport Assumption’s Rose Ripslinger, Union’s Courtney Powell, Council Bluffs St. Albert’s Emma Munger and Jenna Cox, Clear Creek-Amana’s Hannah Bormann, Tri-Center’s Kaylee Grote; Solon’s Josie Durr, Iowa City Regina’s Katie Wick and Lauren Ronnfeldt, Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Nicole Adair and Bishop Heelan Catholic’s Sam Tymkowicz.

Two more Cubs made the IGCA 1A second team in forward Elli Cassabaum and fullback Raegan Saunders.

Cassabaum put up nine goals and one assist in 12 games before a suffering a season-ending ACL injury. Saunders was the anchor of a talented back four on defense that teamed with Sporrer to post 15 shutouts on the season.

Junior midfielder Michaela Matuska was named all-state honorable mention by the IGCA. Matuska was outstanding, both offensively and defensively, and she ended up with eight goals and six assists on the season.

Nevada head coach Randy Davis was also recognized for his efforts in guiding Nevada to its first-ever appearance in a state championship game, along with an undefeated regular season. Davis was named the 1A Coach of the Year by the IGCA.

IGCA Class 1A all-state teams

First team: Abby Stephenson (Fr.), Nevada; Courtney Powell (Fr.), Union; Emma Munger (Sr.), St. Albert; Hannah Bormann (Fr.), Clear Creek-Amana; Jenna Cox (Jr.), St. Albert; Jessica Helton (Sr.), Nevada; Josie Durr (Fr.), Solon; Katie Wick (Sr.) Iowa City Regina; Kaylee Grote (Sr.), Tri-Center; Lauren Ronnfeldt (So.), Iowa City Regina; Nicole Adair (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Rose Ripslinger (Sr.), Davenport Assumption; Sam Tymkowicz (Sr.), Bishop Heelan Catholic; Clara Sporrer (So.), Nevada.

Second team: Abby Boeding (So.), Holy Trinity; Anna Seydel (Sr.), Solon; Elli Cassabaum (Jr.), Nevada; Kyleah Dugan (Jr.), Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Lyndsay McManus (Sr.), Columbus Catholic; Matti Munger (Jr.), St. Albert; Olivia Denham (Jr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Olivia Stearns (Fr.), Gilbert; Raegan Saunders (Jr.), Nevada; Shelby Reiter (Sr.), Denver; Tristan Beaulieu (Jr.), Bishop Heelan Catholic.

Honorable mention: Allison Watters (Sr.), Underwood; Ana Petersen (Sr.), Harlan; Danielle Baumler (Jr.), Beckman Catholic; Dayton Powell (Jr.), Union; Jesse Lee (Sr.), Webster City; Kennedy Brown (So.), Iowa City Regina; Kenzie Bousema (Jr.), Western Christian; Maddie Irmen (Sr.), Davenport Assumption; Mary Casson (So.), St. Albert; Michaela Matuska (Jr.), Nevada; Rachel Moore (Sr.), Davenport Assumption; Rachel Vondrak (Jr.), Bishop Heelan Catholic; Sommer Stevens (Jr.), Denver.

IGCA Class 1A Coach of the Year: Randy Davis, Nevada.

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