Grace Nelson: “We’ve worked so hard for this, and it’s never been done. It’s history. We just made history at Ames High!”
The 2017 AHS Girls Soccer Season began with high, but guarded, optimism – the talent was there, the senior leadership was in place, and everyone had prepared during the fall/winter/spring for this 2017 season.
The season began well with road wins at Nevada and SEP. However, the team’s “moment of truth” came early in the season with their uncomfortable 0-5 loss at WDM Valley. Knowing this Little Cyclone team was better than that loss indicated, the team re-grouped with hard work / great senior leadership / and solid team chemistry, winning 10 of the next 12 regular season games, including wins over Bettendorf, Ankeny, Johnston, and Centennial. Ames finished their regular season at 12-3 in the very difficult CIML Conference. All-Conference player honors were voted for:
1st Team – Kelly Friedrich, Grace Nelson
As the AHS girls began 3A state tournament play, team-play and player support solidified and never wavered throughout the tournament – everyone had each other’s back! Ames High defeated Mason City (6-0) and Cedar Falls (4-1) during regionals. The first state in appearance in 11 years started with a commanding victory over CR Kennedy (6-1) in the quarterfinals. The Little Cyclones team then came from behind to defeat Iowa City West in the semi-finals (2-1). In the championship game Ames High defeated WDM Valley 1-0 on a goal by Grace Nelson with the assist by Lucy Weniger, earning its first-ever State Championship in school history.
The 3A All-Tournament team included:
The 2017 AHS Girls Soccer team finished with a over-all record of 17-3 and was ranked #7 in 2017 USA Today / NSCAA Super Region III Poll.
Other individual and team honors for the 2017 season include:
Team: United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award:
IGCA 3A Coach of the Year – Bobby Myers
In 2018, the Ames High Girls soccer program looks to continue their championship momentum. Returning all but 4 players from the 2017 team, there is a lot optimism going into the season. Kelly Friedrich, Melina Hegelheimer, and Grace Nelson will headline a very talented and committed squad.
Coach Bobby Myers