After another successful season in which the Cody girls soccer team won its third straight state title, several players earned postseason honors.
Six Fillies were named All-State and seven All-Conference.
“We have a great team,” coach Marian Miears said. “When we have six selected you know that half our team is playing at that high level. In my opinion we could of had 10-11 All-State players because we are a very talented team.”
Baylee Stafford, Moran Heydenberk and McKayla Moss earned their third All-State recognitions, and Emma Nieters, Torrie Schutzman and Autumn Wilson their first. All were All-Conference along with Tayler Kraut.
Moss also was named 3A Co-Senior Player of the Year with Eli Olsen of Buffalo and Stafford was named the 3A Underclassman Player of the Year.
“These girls proved to be leaders and standouts against our opponents,” Miears said.
One of Cody’s key defenders in her three seasons with the team, Stafford stepped into the role of stopper this year and used her speed and smart play to keep many teams from attacking the goal.
“She is a great defender that can play anywhere on the field,” Miears said. “She is super quick and understands the game of soccer very well.”
Heydenberk moved from midfield to defense this season after Cody lost some key defenders last year. She took most of Cody’s long kicks and scored two goals for the Fillies.
“Moran shifted to defense this year for the team,” Miears said. “She can play anywhere on the field and has great ball skill.”
After playing her junior year in Utah, Moss returned to be a leader for the Fillies in the midfield. She led the team with 25 goals.
“She is super fast with a drive to win all the time,” Miears said. “She is like having an extra coach on the field.”
Nieters also was a solid midfielder for the Fillies in her second year with the team and had five goals.
“She is unpredictable, which really throws off our opponents,” Miears said. “She understands the game and has a great foot.”
In her second year as a forward, Schutzman scored 17 goals for the Fillies.
“She brings the speed up top and also produces chances for others on our team with her ability to pull defenders towards her,” Miears said.
Wilson filled a key role up front in her first season with the team and had 22 goals.
“She has that ‘I want to score’ mentality and has a great feel for where the ball will be and how to get to that spot,” Miears said.
Kraut served in goal for all three title runs. At state she had 19 saves.
“TK developed into a great keeper over the last four years,” Miears said. “This year’s state tournament she proved herself as one of the best keepers in the state.”