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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 27, 2014

Golden Hawks look to build on successful 2013

By Derek Helling, Sports Editor | Apr 01, 2014
Photo by: Derek Helling The 2014 Mid-Prairie girls’ soccer team members pictured here, who will begin their season on Monday, April 7 are: back row from left to right, Briana Reed, Sage Becker, Rachel Harapat, Cassidy Bontrager, Bailie Harris, Natalie Graber, Jasmine Bagley, Kaitlin Kerkove and Erica Slabaugh. The front row from left to right is Ashley Miller, Hanna Mansfield, Anne Buckwalter, Kira Kerkove, Jenna Boller, Kaycee Miller and Renee Buckwalter.

Mid-Prairie’s girls’ soccer team is under new leadership this year as it looks to build on an 11-5-1 record from last season in which at times the Golden Hawks dominated the competition.
Last season the Mid-Prairie girls scored 10 or more goals in five games, including a string of four consecutive 10 – 0 victories early in the season. Returning from that team are several players, including junior Cassidy Bontrager and senior Bailie Harris who will be occupying the net for the Golden Hawks again in 2014.
What will be new for Mid-Prairie this season is its leadership. Head coach Mayeken Kehr Yoder, is entering her first year at the helm of the Golden Hawk program. Prior to this season she had been an assistant coach of the Iowa Mennonite School’s boys’ soccer team for the past two seasons.
“We have a lot of spots up for grabs right now. We’re going to see where the girls fit best and play them in those spots. One of the great things about our girls is that they are willing to try new things and I’m sure that they will do their best to step up where we need them,” Yoder said.
The Golden Hawks begin their season with a home match against Cleer Creek Amana on Monday, April 7. Their first conference match will be that following Thursday at West Liberty. Mid-Prairie then plays six more home matches on April 12, 17, and 21 then May 5, 13 and 20 before regional tournament play begins.
Mid-Prairie’s mix of youth and experience matched with Yoder’s expertise should prove to make them a competitive team again in 2014.

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