AHSTW Boys Soccer Profile
Overall Record: 18-3. Western Iowa Conference: 7-0 (WIC champions for third consecutive year).
Postseason: def. Clarinda Academy 11-1; def. Underwood 2-1 (2-0 PK shootout); lost to Greene County 5-2 in Class 1A Substate Final.
School Records: Set team records for wins in a season (18), goals in a season (114), assists in a season (71) and goals in a single game (12).
All-Conference: First Team - Kyle Branan (sr.), Brayton Tuma (sr.), Blake Osbahr (sr.), Gabe Madsen (sr.), Adrian Herrera (sr.). Second Team - Seth Kiesel (jr.). Honorable Mention - Clayton Akers (jr.), Raydden Grobe (fr.), Matthew Herrera (sr.), Zachary Stanton (sr.).
Class 1A All-State: Seth Kiesel, jr. (1st Team Defender, Viking defensive player of the year); Brayton Tuma, sr. (1st Team Forward); Adrian Herrera, sr. (1st Team Goalie); Blake Osbahr, sr. (2nd Team Forward); Gabe Madsen, sr. (2nd Team Forward).
Seniors: Clayton Akers (Def.)*, Joey Goins (MF), Seth Kiesel (Def.)*, Jaedan Rasmussen (F)*, Lucas Young (GK)*, Sydney Zimmerman (mng.)*, Emma Murray (mng.)*.
Juniors: Kole Branan (MF), Henry Luna (Def.), Jay Patel (Def.)*, Colin Shutters (MF), Talon Stevens (MF)*.
Sophomores: Raydden Grobe (F)*, Blake Tuma (F).
Freshmen: Brayden Lund (Def.), Jaicob Madsen (GK).
Def. - Defense; MF - Midfield; F - Forward; GK - Goalkeeper (* denotes returning varsity letter winners)
Returning Stat Leaders
Goals: Raydden Grobe 7, Jaedan Rasmussen 4, Kole Branan 3..... Assists: R. Grobe 8, Talon Stevens 1..... Shots on Goal: R. Grobe 27, J. Rasmussen 8, K. Branan 7, Clayton Akers 2..... SOG% (minimum 3 goals): J. Rasmussen .500, K. Branan .429, R. Grobe .259..... Goalie Saves: Lucas Young 39 (8 GA) - holds the career school records for goalie minutes (2,111), shutouts (11) and save percentage (.860), allowing just 22 goals while making 150 saves.
Noteworthy: This year’s Viking senior class was part of teams that went 44-7 the last three years, reached a pair of substate finals, won the WIC three times and lost only one regular season conference game.
Comments from Head Coach James Johnson
“Everyone was so excited to get this season going, myself included. So many players had put in the work to be ready for the challenges of the season. Even though we lost a huge senior class in 2019, our expectations remained the same and I was anticipating another 10+ win season in 2020.
“Raydden Grobe, Jaedan Rasmussen and Blake Tuma were poised to run the offense with help from Kole Branan in the midfield. Some of these guys saw limited action in 2019, but have taken huge steps in the off-season to be ready to take on a starting role. The Viking defense, led by assistant coach Ryan Nielsen, was once again looking to be very solid with Seth Kiesel and Clayton Akers as the returning starters. Jay Patel and Henry Luna looked to fill out the defense. Lucas Young was returning for his final season in the goal after only giving up 22 career goals in his first three seasons. Other players that looked to fill the remaining spots were Talon Stevens and newcomers Joey Goins, Colin Shutters, Brayden Lund and Jaicob Madsen. Sydney Zimmerman and Emma Murray were also set to come back for their final season as amazing managers.
“I’m so disappointed for our seniors. They were looking to finish out their careers on a high note and I have every reason to believe that is exactly how our season would play out. It’s also disappointing for all of the younger players who needed this time to learn and grow for the future. Even though we all understand the reasoning behind not having our season, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept. Losing games is hard, but provides teachable moments. Losing an entire season doesn’t allow for those teachable moments, team growth or individual growth in our athletes. The most difficult part of it all is not the wins and losses or the excitement and disappointment; it’s missing out on those moments.”
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