By Ryan Murken
Your Prep Sports
The Iowa City area has long been a hotbed for soccer success.
This year should be no different thanks in large part to one of the most talented groups of individuals to come through the area.
Narrowing down the area talent to just five players was no easy task but here are five area players to watch this season.
Senior, West High
One of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the state, Steigleder has posted back-to-back 20-goal seasons while racking up 56 career goals.
The Northwestern recruit has been at the center of the best three-year run in program history helping West High to a 54-10 record, three state tournament berths, two state title game appearances and a 3A state title in 2015.
Steigleder has been a Class 3A first-team all-state pick each of the past two seasons and tied for the team lead in goals with 21 last season.
Senior, West High
Among the most dangerous finishers in the state, Cooper has scored 61 career goals while earning all-state honors each of the last three seasons.
Cooper has scored at least 16 goals in each of her three prep seasons and tied for the team lead with 21 goals last year.
A Michigan recruit, Cooper has scored 45 goals over the past two seasons while helping West High to back-to-back Class 3A state title game performances.
The state leader in goals last season Durr has already eclipsed the 100-goal mark for her career and developed a reputation as one of the most explosive midfielders in the state.
A three-time, first-team all-state selection, Durr led the state with a career-high 46 goals last season after ranking second with 39 goals as a sophomore.
The Iowa recruit has 108 goals in her career and has scored at least 23 goals in each of the past three seasons.
Senior, Clear Creek Amana
A three-time all-state honoree Bormann has been one of the top players in Class 2A since stepping on the field as a freshman.
Bormann has scored at least 28 goals and had at least eight assists in all three of her high school seasons helping Clear Creek Amana to a 45-11 record during that span.
A Drake recruit, Bormann ranked third in the state with 38 goals as a sophomore and had 28 goals and 11 assists last season.
She needs four goals to reach 100 for her career.
Senior, City High
Brown earned all-state honors as a defender last season after helping City High to a 12-6 record and a spot in the Class 3A regional finals.
The Nebraska recruit had six goals and ranked second on the team with 10 assists while operating out of the back end for the Little Hawks.