A state soccer championship. A verbal commitment to play at Iowa State.
Not a bad three-day stretch for Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Grace Guidry.
The Titans’ breakout freshman forward announced late Monday night on Twitter her intention to continue playing collegiately at ISU. Her first season in Ames will be the fall of 2020.
Two days prior, Guidry helped Lewis Central claim its second consecutive Class 2-A state title with a 2-1 victory over Union in the championship game.
Guidry initially received an offer two months ago. She had attended Iowa State soccer camps the previous two summers and kept in contact with the Cyclone staff through her club team, Sporting Omaha FC 01 Elite.
“I went to one of their practices on one of my visits and I saw how all of the players are kind of like me, just hard-working, quick players,” Guidry said. “Their coaching staff is so inviting and polite and just amazing. I liked all their coaches and the environment around the players.”
Guidry last weekend completed her first prep season, scoring 21 goals — two of which came at state — and adding nine assists.
“She’s just going to keep getting better and better,” Lewis Central coach Chris Von Mende said. “I think her playing over at Sporting OFC on a top team, she deserves it. She’s played great for us, and I’m excited.”
Iowa State finished the 2016 season 10-8-1, the Cyclones’ first winning season since 2011.
When Guidry arrives in Ames, she will reunite with Lewis Central teammate Kelsey McSorley, who will start her freshman season at ISU this fall. The chance to compete with McSorley again at the next level was enticing to Guidry.
“It factored because I really like playing with her,” Guidry said. “She’s a really good friend of mine, and I would like to play with her again.”
Guidry broke her nose in the third match of the season at Lewis Central, limiting her involvement with specific skills of the game. Von Mende is anxious to see her back in action next year with no limitations.
“She’s been so smooth on the ball, so team-oriented,” Von Mende said. “With the injury early on, I can’t wait till next season to see how much more she can blossom because she won’t be so restricted with head balls and stuff like that. The sky is the limit with her.”