Four area girls’ soccer players earned national honors this week as the United Soccer Coaches Association announced their All-American teams for this past spring while three area coaches were named USC Missouri Coach of the Year. This is the highest national honor that soccer players can earn in the nation.
Seniors Grace Bindbeutel of St. Dominic and Rylee Howard of Lafayette joins juniors Nina Preusser of Nerinx Hall and Brooke Cattoor of Fort Zumwalt South all earned national honors with Brian Haddock of Nerinx Hall, LeAnne Sanders of Fort Zumwalt South, and Courtney Washburn of Orchard Farm garnering Coach of the Year accolades.
This is the third time that Bindbeutel has been named to the USC All-American list as she helped the Crusaders to their second consecutive Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 4 state title and the team’s third straight championship as St. Dominic won the Class 3 title in 2019. Bindbeutel led the Crusaders in goals with 23 and points with 57. She was second on the team in game-winning goals with six while adding 11 assists on the year.
Howard earned her first USC All-American honor after an outstanding senior campaign at Lafayette which saw her score a team-high 30 goals while adding 16 assists on the year. She was credited with 76 points and had six game-winning scores to lead the Lancers to an 18-4-1 record before losing to Nerinx Hall in the district finals.
Preusser paced the Markers to their second consecutive Class 4 title game with a team-high 17 goals and she also led the way with 13 assists. Her 47 points were tops on the team and she added nine game-winning goals in her junior year. Her play helped the Markers to a 21-3-1 record after falling to St. Dominic 1-0 with the game being decoded by penalty kicks.
Cattoor helped the Bulldogs to their second straight Class 3 title with 34 goals on the year as she added 24 assists for a team that averaged 4.4 goals per contest. She also had a team-high 92 points on the season, which was tied for fourth in the area. Cattoor helped the Bulldogs to a 26-1 record on the year and a 48-3 mark over the past two seasons.
Haddock was named the Missouri Private School Coach of the Year after leading the Markers to their second straight Class 4 title game. He led Nerinx Hall to a 21-3-1 record this season.
Sanders earned the Missouri Large School Coach of the Year award after guiding the Bulldogs to a 26-1 mark and their second Class 3 title.
Washburn earned the Missouri Small School Coach of the Year honor after taking the Eagles to the Class 2 title game in which they fell to MICDS 2-1 in overtime. The Eagles wrapped up the season with a 20-6-1 record after advancing to the state final four for the second time in school history.
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