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Lauren Riggle to become a Duhawk

CCA senior soccer player commits to Loras College in Dubuque
CCA sophomore Lauren Riggle battles Union’s Karly Jans while dribbling downfield May 16, 2019, at home. Now a senior, Riggle committed to Loras College, in Dubuque.

MIDDLE AMANA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Lauren Riggle had a stellar sophomore soccer season, with a team-high 19 goals and a spot on the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s 2019 Class 2A All-District Central First Team. Hopes for an even better junior year were dashed as the COVID-19 pandemic led to closing schools and canceling the entire spring sports season weeks before it started. Now a senior, Riggle is again looking forward to getting out on the pitch (the season, as of now, is a go) after a year hiatus. And, she firmed up plans beyond high school committing to Loras College, in Dubuque, where the Clipper will become a Duhawk.
For Riggle, it was love at first sight.
“When I first visited Loras, I fell in love with it immediately. The campus is the perfect size for me as everything is within walking distance and Dubuque is a beautiful place. After looking through their academic programs, I was exposed to many different opportunities for work studies, volunteering options, and ways to advance my learning which I have already started to take advantage of by applying for many different programs.” Loras, she said, was one of the most helpful and accepting colleges she talked with during her college search.
“They were flexible in every aspect. Since the day I stepped on campus for my visit I felt accepted there, after meeting the soccer coaches and players, they made me feel at home instantly which made my decision that much easier.”
She plans to pursue nursing and kinesiology at Loras with a future goal of being a pediatric physical therapist.
“I chose this career path because when I was younger, my older sister (Kaitlin) had a stroke, which led me to accompany her in a rehabilitation center for months. These people healed my sister and were heroes in my eyes. They allowed my sister to play soccer again. I wanted to grow up to do exactly that: help people heal and grow through injuries and disabilities. I want to give everyone the opportunity to be active and participate in things they love.”
After the disappointment of having an entire season scrapped before it even began, Riggle is optimistic about what her senior year may hold for the Clippers.
“I have such high hopes for my team this season. We have come together so much within the last year and coping with a cancelled season.”
Having 2020 taken from them put a strain on the team, she said.
“I think each and every one of us could agree that having your passion ripped away just makes you want to come back even stronger and work harder. With such a strong and positive group of seniors participating this year I have a lot of positive thoughts for this upcoming season. We have worked so hard throughout the post-season and I can't wait to watch and participate in this final journey to see how far our hard work can take us.”
CCA soccer, she said, has been the most rewarding team she could participate in.
“Both Coach (Matt) Harding and (assistant coach) Kasey (Bortz) are two of the most reliable and focused coaches we could have asked for, they have had my back on and off the field for the past four years. They see so much potential in us girls that it makes us want to be even better. They have pushed me to be the person I am today in both soccer and as a person. Along with that, the seniors along my side as well as all grades below me have created such a positive, competitive, and hardworking environment that makes soccer even more enjoyable.”
Being a part of the Clipper soccer program is something she can always look back on and remember a group of amazing girls and two amazing coaches.
Soccer, she said, has always been a passion and she’s appreciative for the opportunity to play four more years after high school.
“And get one last year of soccer with CCA. I want to thank my parents, Tim and Kim, and my sister Kaitlin as well as all the rest of my family, for always having my back and being my #1 fans no matter what. I want to thank AYSO soccer for helping me begin and grow my passion for this sport throughout my entire life as well as introduce me to many amazing people. Finally, I want to thank all my coaches I've had through the years who have helped me get to where I am today.”
The 2021 season opens for Riggle and the Creek Girls on Tuesday, April 6, on the road, at Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville. CCA’s first home match is set for Monday, April 12, as WaMaC East rival Marion visits. The Clippers and Indians last met May 21, 2019, with the Creek Girls upsetting the eighth-ranked Indians, 4-2, in an epic wind-driven torrential downpour.