COUNCIL BLUFFS — Allie Dmyterko and Kayleigh Putnam made it official. Finally.
Both have been involved in soccer nearly their entire lifetimes. Both made verbal commitments to their respective colleges a year ago.
After signing on the dotted line Wednesday, both Council Bluffs Lewis Central seniors reveled in the fact they were making their dream of being an NCAA Division I player a reality at last.
Dmyterko will be going to Northern Iowa while Putnam heads to Missouri State. They each figure to again be big parts of L.C.’s offense this spring before moving on to the next level.
Dmyterko has accumulated 48 goals and 19 assists in 50 career prep games and was a first-team all-state choice in Class 2-A in 2014. Putnam — who has started at forward as well as various midfield spots — was a second-team all-state honoree two years ago and has career totals of 34 goals and 15 assists in 49 contests as a Titan.
Northern Iowa held plenty of appeal for Dmyterko. Her sister, Hannah, attends the school, and the campus size and location struck her as ideal. Coaches offered her after a showcase with her club team, Omaha FC.
“It was kind of nerve-racking because everyone was committing and you don’t know if you committed too early,” Dmyterko said. “Once I committed, that was that.”
The process wasn’t without some drama, as UNI made a coaching change in January. But Dmyterko was quickly reassured that her full-tuition scholarship offer was still in place.
The 4-foot-11 Dmyterko has twice suffered a torn MCL but believes she is as healthy as ever. Her speed, footwork and work ethic all factor into her ability to play for a UNI program that went 7-9-5 last fall.
“It’s easier for me to get around (defenders) because I’m lower and can be a little bit quicker,” Dmyterko said. “But when going up for headers, it’s a little bit harder.”
Putnam landed her near-full-ride scholarship offer last winter after Missouri coaches watched her play in Kansas City with her Omaha club team, Elite Girls Academy. She had been considering other suitors like South Carolina, but said she wasn’t tempted to look elsewhere after pledging with the school.
“Once we commit, we usually stay with that team — it just looks bad if we decommit,” Putnam said. “But Missouri State was always the one.”
Duo from Sioux City signs
Sioux City East’s Elyse Huber (Nebraska) and Sioux City Heelan’s Lauren Bleeker (Northern Iowa) signed their letters of intent Wednesday to play collegiate soccer.
Huber was an Iowa all-state second-teamer in 2014 and 2015. Bleeker added an all-state second-team nod last spring after the forward helped Heelan to its first-ever state championship.