Katie Wick didn’t even hesitate.
This is the best Regina girls soccer team she’s been around, and how not?
Losing just two starters to graduation from a team that went 12-3 and advanced to the state quarterfinals, Regina will be one of the favorites in Class 1A this spring. Wick, who is committed to play soccer in the fall at the University of Illinois-Chicago, spearheads a roster that includes many veterans and a much-anticipated sophomore class, including Wick’s sister, Jenny.
“This year, for sure, is the most talented team I’ve been a part of,” Katie Wick said. “We’re very diverse and have a lot of weapons. I’m excited to see what we can do.”
After opening their season with nine straight victories last year, the Regals lost 2-1 in the state quarterfinals to Nevada.
This spring, coach Jordan Grimm’s club’s schedule is dotted with much better early season opponents. The slate includes Cedar Rapids Prairie, Waterloo Columbus, Decorah, Monticello and Muscatine.
“I don’t think we had a great level of competition in our schedule as we really needed to (in 2013),” Grimm said. “We hadn’t been challenged until pretty late in the season, so it was more of a hindrance than it was an advantage. I love the schedule this year. I want to fight for every game, and that is definitely going to be the case.”
The Wick’s power Regina’s roster.
Jenny Wick had 75 points — 29 goals and 17 assists — last season, seventh most in the state. Katie Wick also was near the top of the stat sheet with 24 goals and 15 assists. Despite playing soccer since first grade, the 2013 campaign was the first time the Wick sisters played a full season together.
“It was kind of weird to get used to because I had never played with her before,” Katie Wick said. “As sisters, you understand each other on the field right away. If I have the ball, I know she’s going to make a run off me. And if I’m doing something wrong, she’ll be the first one to tell me. She gets me and I get her.”
Jenny Wick is very complementary of her sister, who has taken the position as one of the senior leaders for this Regina team.
“She helps me out a lot, and she’s very unselfish,” Jenny Wick said. “She’s always out there to help other people and make the team better. We play three sports with each other, so everything we do is really competitive in our house.”
Both Wicks play basketball, soccer and softball at Regina, but soccer has always taken precedence.
Just check Katie Wick’s phone, or eavesdrop on a conversation at the dinner table.
“Before every single game, my Mom will text me a motivational speech and encourage Jenny and I,” Katie Wick said. “Honestly, all we do is talk about soccer during the season. It’s a routine.”
After last year’s trip to state and a long winter, Regina is ready to go.
Motivational texts from Mom, and all.
“This year, we’re kind of expecting to make it to state. We have to earn it, but our goal is to win state, not just make it,” Katie Wick said. “Hopefully we can accomplish that.”