Ward will play soccer for Grand View and first-year coach David Graves

The Notre Dame-West Burlington High School boys’ soccer team can score goals like it’s nobody’s business.

Over the past three seasons, the Nikes have won 52-6 and last year won the Class 1A state championship with a 4-1 win over Western Christian in the state championship game.

Senior striker Cole Ward has played a key role in the Nikes’ success during this period.

Ward isn’t flashy or fancy. But no one tops Ward, who has proven almost unstoppable with the ball at his feet.

Ward, who was named last year’s All-Tournament Team captain, will bring that courage and determination to Grand View University in Des Moines this fall.

Ward, who plans to study biochemistry and eventually go to pharmacy school, signed for the Vikings, an NAIA powerhouse, at Monday’s football game.

Ward will be one of the first players first-year coach David Graves has added to the squad for next year.

Ward looks forward to the challenge.

“I chose Grand View because I feel it is the best option for my football career and it will get better. It’s going to be a very competitive squad, which will help me improve as a player. That’s where I want to be,” Ward said. “Hopefully I can step in as a hard worker and help them get better and get better alongside them. Hopefully after a while I can play in their first team.”

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