Last year’s breakout inaugural season is just a stepping stone for the Panorama girls soccer team.
A year after piling up 12 wins, scoring the fourth most goals in the state and tearing through through competition, the Panthers are poised to go even further this year.
Back are sophomore Audrey Cmelik and her 25 goals a season ago, which tied her for seventh in 1A in addition to sister Paige Cmelik, who chipped in 20 goals of her own, 13th most in the state.
The Panthers opened the first-ever Panorama soccer venture last spring by winning their first four contests by a combined score, 32-1 before losing to Class 3A’s Southeast Polk.
PHS was knocked out of the second round of competition last May, losing to Gilbert, the sixth-highest scoring team in the state.
Panorama knocked in a school-record 83 goals in 2018, an average of 4.9 goals per game en route to a 12-5 record.
The Panthers also return Ella Waddle, who scored 14 goals as the Cmelik’s and Waddle combined for 59 of PHS’ 83 goals. In fact, the Panthers only have to replace 11 goals scored by a quartet of departed seniors, leaving Panorama as one of the top scoring clubs in the state this spring.
Panorama scored a season-best 12 goals in a shutout win over Grand View Christian in the first game of the year, setting the tone for breakout year.
PHS opens the 2019 season at home April 1 against Class 3A’s Des Moines Hoover. They’ll be home for the first four games of the year as the Panthers host East Sac County, Grand View Christian and Logan-Magnolia before hitting the road April 23 against Ballard.
Davenport Assumption is the defending Class 1A champion, defeating Bishop Heelan, 8-0, capping a sparkling 18-2 year, only losing to 3A’s Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids Washington.