Post-season winners are shooting for more

Posted April 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Last year, the Monticello High School girls soccer team achieved one of its goals by winning an opening round post-season game.

The Panthers blanked Anamosa 5-0 before losing to a powerful Center Point-Urbana team in the semifinal round, completing a 4-9 season.

This year, Monticello is hoping to take things further.

“A winning record, and to advance further into the post-season,” second year coach Bruce Feuling said, when asked about the team’s goals.

There are bright prospects for this year’s Panther squad. For one thing, there are 26 girls on the roster. For another, there are seven returning letter-winners, including senior goalkeeper Anna Finger, senior forwards Emma Lubben and Paxtyn Keleher, senior defender Nicole Monck, junior defender Kira Steiner, sophomore defender/goalkeeper Megan Prull, and sophomore midfielder Annie Feuling.

“I think our greatest strength is the experience of our nine senior class players, since most of them have been playing for the past four years,” Feuling said.

Other seniors on the roster are Ellyn Felton, Katherine Gray, Brandie Heims and Mackenzie Swallom.

“We also have eight freshmen on this year’s team, and I am anxious to see how they progress through the year,” the coach said.

Coach Feuling said he expects Iowa City Regina, Solon, Mid-Prairie and Marion to be among the team’s strongest opponents this season.

As for concerns, he said, “Keeping everyone healthy throughout the year and into the tournament is always a challenge.”

He is assisted by Danylle Feuling.

PHOTO: Captains of the Monticello girls soccer team, from left: Andrea Bone, Nicole Monck, Paxtyn Keleher and Emma Lubben. (Photo by Pete Temple)