By RODNEY D. BOAM
Katie Call, a Preston High School girl’s soccer standout, celebrated with her team the first junior college national championship in women’s soccer Iowa Western Community College has ever won.
The women’s soccer team beat Navarro, Texas, in the title game in the Melbourne, Fla., tournament on Nov. 23.
The IWCC men’s team also brought back the NJCAA championship trophy on the same day.
As the women were still on the field celebrating while in Tyler, Texas, the men’s soccer team followed suit beating Tyler 3-1 for their national title.
“We pulled up the men’s game on our phones,” Reiver women’s coach Brad Silvey told Daily Nonpareil, the Council Bluffs newspaper.
“We tried to be with them as best we could, even though we were hundreds of miles away. I couldn’t be happier for the men’s team and coach (Jordan) Carver.”
Carver and Silvey are both IWCC products and both played soccer together.
Silvey has developed a talent pipeline to Cache Valley and the State of Utah.
“We continue to draw Utah players. They have been very good to us,” he said. “We will continue to use it until it dries up.”
Besides Call there are Danica Hansen of Hyde Park, who played at Sky View and Kasandra Anderson of Nibley, who played at Mountain Crest.
A former player, Baily Baxter, introduced Call to coach Silvey from the Logan area.
“We got her to come out to a camp we hosted in Logan and liked her.” Silvey said. “She was debating on going to other schools but came here. We are glad she did.”
“It was pretty much my number one choice of schools,” Call said. “I felt good about my decision to go there.”
Silvey said Call is a fantastic kid to be around, she has a level head, and she finds the good in everyone and has good values.
“As a soccer player she has an excellent attitude, it makes it easy to coach her,” he said. “She has decent speed, is very, versatile and just an all-round great kid to have in the program.”
The daughter of Steve and Kristal Call was also a Presidential Scholar, Silvey said. It is the most prestigious scholarship the school offers.
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