3 Bobcats picked for all-Northern first team

The two leading scorers and the squad’s best defensive player from the Marshalltown girls’ soccer team were recently picked as all-Central Iowa Conference Northern Division first-teamers.

Graduated senior Lexi Vaughn, an Iowa Central recruit, had 13 goals and two assists to lead the Bobcats in scoring, while junior Molly Major added seven goals and four assists.

Graduated senior sweeper Taylor Vaudt, a Simpson College recruit, also played an important role in helping Marshalltown (9-7) to five shutouts on defense and also tallied an assist on offense.

All three were named to the CIC Northern Division first team after leading the Bobcats to a second-place finish in the division. Northern Division champion Ames had six first-teamers and three second-teamers.

Marshalltown also had three second-teamers as senior goalkeeper Amanda Hughes, junior defender Erin Woltjer and sophomore midfielder Ellyn Boland all were voted to the squad, while sophomore midfielder Rachel Whaley, senior midfielders Lindsey Ricken and Emily Rebik and senior defender Jordyn Simbides were honorable mention selections.

Hughes, a St. Louis Community College basketball recruit, had 98 saves as the Bobcats’ primary goalie. Her save percentage was .810.

Boland had a solid sophomore season after finishing with three goals and four assists. Woltjer had an assist while helping the Bobcats stop the opposition on defense.

Ames went 3-0 in the division and four of its six first-teamers will return next season. That group was highlighted by senior Katharine Woodruff (13 goals, 7 assists), sophomore Endylion Strohman (12 goals, 10 assists) and junior goalkeeper Katie Culhane (105 saves).

Woodruff was an all-CIC first team member, while Strohman and senior defender Kiley Kisling were picked to the second team.

Fort Dodge went 1-2 in Northern Division play but Paige Savery landed on the all-CIC second team after scoring 11 goals and delivering 11 assists for the Dodgers this past season.