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Posted January 7, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Committed to future, focused on present

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By Maddie Bailey, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS - Although the Xavier girls’ soccer team has captured the most consecutive state championships for any girls’ sport with lucky number seven last year, the team already is looking toward the future with the hopes of another championship this spring.

Senior Kayla Armstrong also is looking toward her future.

On June 9, the Saitns marked another amazing end to a winning season. Four of the girls were chosen for the all-tournament state soccer team, including captain Armstrong.

Armstrong had an breakout season with 34 goals and caught the attention of college scouts from all over the Midwest. She was offered multiple scholarships from different colleges, including Drake University in Des Moines. She made a verbal commitment to play at Drake as a freshman next fall.

When asked how being committed to a college would effect her senior season, she said “ I think being committed to Drake will make me work even harder to do my best and help lead the team to another great season.”

“Kayla is a leader on and off the field and is someone who all the underclassmen look up to,” sophomore Lizzy Bailey said.

Armstrong led the team last year with goals scored and had seven assists under head coach Doug Graham. The Saints ended the season with a record of 31-2. Their only loses were to Cedar Rapids Washington and Iowa City West.

Xavier hopes to come back this year even stronger and go undefeated.


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