A look at the Creston girls soccer record doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Panthers may have finished the season with a record of 1-15, but head coach Kim Lauffer knows that record doesn’t fully show the amount of improvement her team made this season.
The Panthers defeated Oakland Riverside 2-1 in overtime on May 2, ending a drought of two years, 30 days without a win.
During that time, the Panthers lost 35 straight games since defeating Missouri Valley 2-0 in the first match of the 2012 season.
“It’s been a great season, despite the fact our record doesn’t show how much we’ve improved,” Lauffer said at the team’s postseason awards banquet at her house Monday night. “It’s interesting to me we only give two most improved player awards, but I feel like the whole team has improved so much this year, which is encouraging. We feel like we’re doing something right.”
Lauffer knows what the next step forward needs to be for her team.
“We just have to get to the point where the consistency is there and we can start having winning seasons,” she said.
Lauffer and assistant coach Jerry Hartman handed out five team awards in addition to letters and participation awards at Monday’s banquet.
Sabrina Lapcheske won the Most Improved JV Player Award, while Katie Powers earned the Most Improved Varsity Player Award, both of which were voted on by their teammates.
Sophomore Maddie Travis was awarded the Ms. Hustle Award by the coaches.
The team vote for Most Valuable Player came down to the wire.
“This is the award that goes to the player the team votes as the most valuable,” Lauffer said. “It was pretty close. There were a couple of players that were highly valued this year.”
Junior Hanna Luther won the MVP award by just a couple of votes. Luther also brought home the Coaches’ Award.
“It’s based on effort, attitude, teachability and whether or not they’re a team player,” Lauffer said. “What we look for in this player is whether or not they’re a leader, both on and off the field, whether serving as an elected leader for the team or not.”
In addition to the team awards, three seniors were named to the Hawkeye 10 Conference All-Academic team.
Sadie Jones, Michelle Powers and Itzayanna Rubio all earned that distinction.
“That’s a big accomplishment,” Lauffer said. “You have to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.”
Lauffer thanked her coaching staff of Hartman and Elizabeth Gates, as well as the parents of all the athletes.
“Thank you for how you raised your children,” she said. “It really shows when they come to play on the team. They’re very respectful. It’s very much appreciated. It’s been a privilege to coach these girls.”
Seniors — Sadie Jones (3), Michelle Powers (3), Itzayanna Rubio (3), Ryan Vasquez (4).
Juniors — Angelica Claytor (1), Savannah Hartman (2), Jenna Hayes (1), Hanna Luther (3), Toni VanScoy (1).
Sophomores — Abbie Cook (2), Alyssa Higgins (1), Corissa Kinkade (2), Micah McCutchan (1), Shelby Palser (1), Becca Ross (1), Maddie Travis (2).
Freshmen — Katie Powers (1)
Participation Award — Olivia Hartman, Sabrina Lapcheske, Mackenzie Norton, Logan Pettit, Megan Wilker, Crystal Zamora.
Hawkeye 10 Conference All-Academic — Sadie Jones, Michelle Powers, Itzayanna Rubio.
All-District — Hanna Luther.
MVP — Hanna Luther.
Coaches’ Award — Hanna Luther.
Ms. Hustle — Maddie Travis.
Most Improved Varsity Player — Katie Powers.
Most Improved JV Player — Sabrina Lapcheske.