Soccer is alive as the boys and girls teams hit the ground running for the 2017 season. With strong returners on both lineups, Bettendorf is a force to be reckoned with in the MAC.
Returning for the boys soccer program is Bradley University commit and starting centerback senior Jack Dunn who led the back line last year to a multitude of shutouts throughout the MAC season. Following Dunn is junior Blake Rollinger, a three-year starter for the team at center midfield.
A junior and senior based team, the boys have already gotten off to a great start going 5-0 so far this spring. The offense has boasted lethal attacks with juniors Dustin Harris and Rollinger. Leading the scoring for the boys currently are Harris and Rollinger, both with four goals on the season. The team also boasts four-way tie for assists with Harris and fellow juniors Joseph Parker, Dawson Gamble, and Zach Elias, all with three a piece.
The girls team also has serious talent returning with seniors Alina Steffen and Paige Wagner; both have dominated the offense over their high school careers. Steffen, an Indiana State commit for soccer, has had a prolific career in club and school soccer alike. The freshmen on the girls team have also been impressive with multiple starting or getting major minutes.
Steffen leads the girls team in goals with seven and Wagner follows right behind her with five. Along with goals, Steffen leads the team in assists with five. The girls have a diverse offense with a multitude of players on the stat line early on in the season.
As they roar through the MAC and make impressions across the state with both teams ranked in Iowa, Bettendorf’s soccer program is increasingly a powerhouse in Iowa. Only three teams in boys 3A soccer remain undefeated, and Bettendorf is one of those teams still without a blemish. The girls currently stand at 8-1 and are taking down top teams across the state.
The stage is set for another thrilling season on the pitch with Bettendorf soccer taking its role as a powerhouse in the MAC.