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Panthers powering up for 2020 campaign

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Ryann Davidson sets up to boot the ball downfield during a Mt. Pleasant girls home game last season.
Union file photo Ryann Davidson sets up to boot the ball downfield during a Mt. Pleasant girls home game last season.

MT. PLEASANT — There’s no telling if or when high school soccer season will be underway in the state of Iowa, but if the games are played, the Mt. Pleasant soccer teams are well equiped for another run at the Southeast Conference championships.

The Panthers lost just one game on the girls side and two on the boys side last year, taking first in the Southeast Conference girls soccer race and second in the boys standings.

The girls loses their two most dynamic scorers from last season, Mary West (17 goals, three assists) and Sydney Doak (15 goals, two assists), as well as KEY defensive midfielders Elizabeth Litchfield (four goals, four assists) and Melanie Vargas (Two assists).

The girls team will bring back 13 players with most of them bringing back plenty of game experience. Ayden Ross, who manned the goal last season and had 79 saves, as will a number of other players, including leading assister Anna Ostby (two goals, five assists).

The Panther boys will have a tough time replacing a great senior class that included Nathan Rauenbuehler (22 goals, 10 assists), Cade Warner and Jayden VongsavatH (eight goals, two assists). However, Mt. Pleasant had some talented juniors, sophomores and freshman last season, including second-leading scorer Ovidio Reyes-Cardona (17 goals, five assists) and Noel Lopez (four goals, two assists), as well as goalkeeper Logan Lee (83 saves).

Both Panther teams will be led by new head coaches, both of which were assistant coaches last season. Scott Scribe will lead the girls team and Ryan Chabel will head the boys squad.