Becomes third RHS soccer player to win honor.
Recently-graduated Rolla High School girls’ soccer standout Nicole Howard joined some rarified air this week.
Howard, a two-time all-state selection, became only the second Lady Bulldog - and third RHS player ever - to be selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team, being honored for the 2014 spring campaign.
The honor formerly was called all-midwest, but was realigned this year and is now known as all-central region.
Only players earning all-state first-team honors in their respective states are eligible for all-region. All-Region players are eligible for All-America consideration.
Howard thus joins a pair of Missouri all-time great prep players from Rolla to be selected all-region.
Anne Felts, who went on to earn All-America honors before starting a national championship collegiate career at North Carolina, was the first RHS player to gain the honor, in 2001. Felts, named interim women’s soccer head coach at NCAA Division I school University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas earlier this spring, was the Missouri girls’ soccer career goals scored leader when she graduated from RHS.
And also in the 2013-14 school year Aaron Froehlich of the Rolla High School boys’ soccer squad, who set the Missouri high school boys’ career goal-scoring record last fall, was named all-region.
“It’s pretty cool for Nicole,” said Nicole’s father and coach, RHS soccer head coach Mike Howard. “And it’s pretty cool for her teammates as well; she had some good players around her.
“There are some fabulous players on that list. And there are some very good players left off. It’s quite an honor.”
Last month Nicole Howard was selected to the Missouri Class 2 All-State First
Team as a forward for the second consecutive season. In 2014 Howard, who has signed to play soccer at Lewis & Clark Community College, scored 36 goals and had 12 assists to help RHS finish 20-5, with four of those five losses coming against opponents who went on to advance to the Final Four in their respective classifications.
She became the third Lady Bulldog in program history to reach 100 career goals.
Showing the strength of the Ozark Conference in girls’ soccer, three league players were named to the NSCAA All-Central Region Team. Joining Howard on the squad were Springfield Glendale senior keeper Lindra Lierz and Camdenton senior forward Whitney Snow.
Rolla won the OC championship with a 9-0 record.
“Whitney Snow and Lindra Lierz are unbelievable players,” Mike Howard said. “Our conference is such a difficult conference. For our team to go 9-0, it was a very good season.”
Two Missouri schools are included in the NSCAA Top-20 final national rankings - St. Joseph’s Academy of St. Louis at No. 4 and St. Teresa’s Academy of Kansas City at No. 8.
Hough High, of Cornelius, N.C. was ranked as the No. 1 high school girls’ soccer team in the nation.
Here is the 2014 Girls’ High School Spring All-Central Region Soccer Team, as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA):
Keeper: Lindra Lierz, sr., Springfield (Mo.) Glendale; Megan Swanson, sr., St. Dominic (Mo.).
Defender: Amanda Creason, sr., Blue Valley Southwest (Kan.).
Midfielder: Mary Disidore, sr., Saint Thomas Aquinas (Kan.); Stephanie Krawczyk, sr., Bishop Kelley (Okla.); Caroline Militello, sr., Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day (Mo.); Molly Ream, sr., St. Dominic (Mo.); Parker Roberts, jr., Blue Valley North (Kan.); Savannah Trujillo, sr., St. Teresa’s Academy (Mo.).
Forward: Nicole Howard, sr., Rolla (Mo.); Dorian Bailey, jr., St. Teresa’s Academy (Mo.); Anna Beffer, sr., Union High (Tulsa, Okla.): Bethany Coons, jr., Union High (Mo.); Alexandria Hess, sr., Kearney (Mo.); Jamie Kutey, jr., St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.); Alli Magaletta, sr., St. Joseph’s Academy (Mo.); Whitney Snow, sr., Camdenton (Mo.).