Kyndal Ewertz becomes Maize South Kansas girls soccer star

Kyndal Ewertz, a sophomore at Maize South, has a shot on goal against Hutchinson earlier this season.  Ewertz has scored 24 goals in 13 games for the Mavericks.

Kyndal Ewertz, a sophomore at Maize South, has a shot on goal against Hutchinson earlier this season. Ewertz has scored 24 goals in 13 games for the Mavericks.

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Maize South has had some of the most talented female soccer players in the Wichita area for a decade.

Kyndal Ewertz plays for a prestigious program and is already finding a way to stand out. The second forward has already recorded 24 goals and nine assists in 13 games this season, leading the Mavericks (10-1-2) to a 12-game unbeaten streak and battling for the No. 1 spot in the Class 5A West region, which begins on Sept Tuesday comes into play on campus.

Ewertz recently scored a record six goals in Maize South’s 8-0 win over Salina Central last week, setting the program record for most goals in a game. She is on course to break the program’s one-season goalscoring record and with 43 goals and counting, Maize South coach Rey Ramirez believes she will go down as the program’s top scorer.

“We were blessed with some incredible football players at Maize South, both on the boys’ and girls’ sides, and I’ve learned to just enjoy those moments and those seasons with a player as talented and gifted as Kyndal,” said Ramirez.

“She’s just an impressive, strong striker who has a talent for goals. She just has that stubborn desire and attitude on the field. When it comes to winning games and scoring goals, that’s Kyndal Ewertz for us.”

Ewertz has been addicted to finding the back of the web since her father introduced her to the game when she was 4 years old. She has a blend of speed, size and strength that has allowed her to increase her goal-scoring skills and develop into one of Division I’s scheduled to play year-round for their club team, Kansas Rush Wichita.

“When I play, I almost try to get angry with the other team to motivate myself,” said Ewertz. “I think when I’m angry, I play better. As soon as the game starts I can feel my heart beating and I just get this rush of adrenaline. It’s like my fifth gear engages and I just start driving.”

After scoring 19 goals as a freshman, Ewertz earned a reputation as one of the most dangerous forwards around. She’s the primary concern for any defense she’s up against, and some choose to tag her anywhere in the bottom third of the field.

Despite the extra attention, Ewertz has found a way to up their game even more this season. Ramirez has been impressed with how clinically she has completed her second season. Perhaps her best performance of the season came when she scored all four goals in Maize South’s 4-3 win over Andover to hand the Trojans their first loss of the season.

“When she comes out, she doesn’t miss very often,” Ramirez said. “A lot of girls take 10 shots to shoot a few. Kyndal only needs a few shots to score a few goals. Whenever she finds herself in those 1v1 situations, there aren’t many girls who will be able to keep up with her step by step and take her off the ball.”

Ewertz’s talent for goals has become even more critical for Maize South since star striker Kaylyn Truong picked up a season-ending knee injury in mid-April, forming with Ewertz one of the most dangerous scoring duos in the state. Truong has not let the injury slow him down as Ramirez said her leadership from the touchline has been crucial to Maize South’s recent success.

Another key was the versatility of senior Payten Hendershot, who has moved up the field to replace Truong from her role as midfield playmaker. Hendershot brought her own mix of creativity to the position, displaying a deft passing touch that split defenders with pass balls that Ewertz was able to pursue.

“Most of my goals come from assists from Payten,” said Ewertz. “She’s so good at putting the ball in the perfect spot. We already have a lot of chemistry and she knows what kind of balls I like and she produces them. She’s one of the best passers I’ve ever played with.”

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Kyndal Ewertz (10) has been a standout player for the Maize South girls soccer team this season. Taylor Vonfeldt courtesy

Maize South is full of depth across the field as the likes of Grizel Lumbreras, Ella Eskridge, Aubrey Sommer and Olivia Oenning have risen in midfield while Rachel Riley, Layla Doyon and Lexi Bauer command the back line for the Mavericks and Adison Hendershot and Hadley Ostrander have rotated in goal to form one of the best pairings ever.

While more goalscoring records could be set later this season, Ewertz isn’t worried about individual accolades. She’s motivated to play for Truong and lead the Mavericks back to the state tournament and claim some sort of hardware.

“It’s definitely weird because I never thought I’d break any records when I got into high school,” Ewertz said. “But I want to keep scoring to help my team do it. It’s going to be tough without Kaylyn, but we still hope we can make it and we’re motivated to win for her.”

This story was originally published May 3, 2022 6:23 am.

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