PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Horner sets Bulldogs up to defeat Knights | High School Soccer – QCVarsity.com

TRAVIS BROWN

Avery Horner has scored many goals during her football career at Bettendorf High School — 71 in three seasons, to be exact.

But the Iowa State Commitment also dished out a lot of assists this season. She faced Davenport Assumption in Tuesday’s home game and led Class 3A and the Mississippi Athletic Conference at 15 that year.

Horner set up all three of the Bulldogs’ goals as they beat the 1A-Knights 3-1 at AR TouVelle Stadium.

“I feel almost the same when I score or assist,” said Horner, who had two assists in the win. “I’ve got some great teammates who can score, so I just make games and pass it on to them when they’re making great runs.”

Bettendorf head coach Todd Hornaday noted that Horner, who already held the school’s season record with 35 goals last season, is now just three assists away from tying the Bulldogs’ season record in that category as well.

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“They bet on Avery because she scored three goals against them last year when we won 3-0,” said Hornaday. “Avery took what they gave her.”

Bettendorf (11-3, 6-2 MAC) scored in the ninth minute of play when Horner dribbled wide of goal and then put a pass back to teammate Carson Bohonek, who snuck a shot into the left post.

The 10th-ranked 3A Bulldogs scored almost exactly the same play in the 30th minute. Horner dropped a pass back to Delaney Ward, but the ball was deflected by Ward. It found its way to Bohonek, who scored her second goal of the evening and her 13th of the season.

“We knew they were going to throw bodies at[Horner]and Carson twice saw the opportunity and took it,” Hornaday said.

Three minutes later, Horner sent a pass to Autumn Skahill, who scored to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Bettendorf only had three shots on target in the first half, but converted all three.

“I definitely think we took our chances and took our chances that we had,” Horner said. “We did really well to finish today.”

Assumption (9-4, 4-2 MAC) appeared to score in the 49th minute. Maddy Nigey’s shot was stopped by Bettendorf goalie Avery Franzman, but Nigey followed her shot and tapped it over the goal line. However, the goal was disallowed after the Knights were called for offside.

The Knights scored in the 59th minute when Jade Jackson headed a corner kick from Gracen Ruggles for their 19th goal of the season.

“We caught fire in the second half,” Assumption head coach Elizabeth Maus said. “We scored in the first 10 minutes but unfortunately it wasn’t recognised. But I liked the heart and effort the girls put into the second half.”

Franzman had 12 saves for the Bulldogs.

Horner and her fellow seniors were announced ahead of the Bulldogs’ final home game of the regular season. She then helped line up her teammates to claim victory.

“I think it was just good for us to start strong,” said Horner. “That’s what we’ve been trying to get here. We knew we had to start our offensive quickly. Once we scored, I think it just kept going.”

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