College athletes: Former Elk, Royal, Thunder player help ARCC soccer place 3rd in nation

The Anoka-Ramsey women’s soccer that placed third in the nation had athletes from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman.

The Golden Rams (11-8 overall) win three Region 13 duels in Bismarck, ND, and two of three at NJCAA nationals Dryden, NY.

“This was ARCC’s first time going to the national championships,” said coach Brady Eichhorn-Hicks, “and all those girls played a huge role in it.”

Eichhorn-Hicks is former head of Three Rivers Soccer Association and coached some of the same girls in youth soccer.

Kayla Hambleton, soph mid from Rogers, was team captain and had three goals and three assists.

“She had a great tournament last week,” said the coach, “and we wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful without her.”

Cassie Heyer, sophomore center mid from Zimmerman, was named all-Region 13. Her contributions included three goals and a team-leading seven assists.

Mel Cameron, sophomore from ZHS, played alongside her at right midfielder.

Kelsey Daulton, sophomore forward who’s Elk River’s career scoring leader, set an ARCC team record with 10 goals, and made five assists. She transferred from UW-Oshkosh, where she played as a freshman.

Lindsey Madden, freshman forward from Elk River, joined the team in mid-season had seven goals, three of them at nationals, tying for most in the tournament. She made the all-tournament team.

Jess Lehrke, freshman defender from Rogers, also played for the Rams until she had a knee injury.