by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
There’s one main reason why Logan Daulton scores a lot of goals. The Elk River senior is simply more athletic than most of the people she plays against.
“Logan is one of the best athletes I have ever coached,” said Brian Steuter, Elk coach, noting that Daulton was a excellent club gymnast and sprinter before she gave up those sports for soccer.
The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Daulton has delivered 11 goals in 10 games this year after notching 11 goals last season. The four-year starter’s career totals are 33 goals and 21 assists.
“Logan has always been able to get past people, even if they hold her and grab her, because she is so strong and fast, and she has too much momentum for them,” said Steuter. “The last two years, she’s learned how to ‘turn’ on the defender more. That’s been her biggest improvement.”
The daughter of two college athletes — Kathy was a gymnast at Winona State, Scott a sprinter at Mankato State — Daulton’s natural ability was honed by gymnastics from age two to 12, with her mom as her first coach. At the end, she was doing the harder and riskier tricks like double backs, giant swings, back tucks and tsukahara vaults.
“It was getting more dangerous, so I stopped,” Daulton said. “I like soccer way more anyway, and I wanted to do soccer beyond high school.”
Jenn Bartlett, former Elk gymnastics coach who also had Daulton with the Twist Masters club, assessed that the soccer star would have been a “phenomenal” prep gymnast. Bartlett pointed out that Daulton, Lindsey Lowe and Allison Schwab were teammates on an MAGA state champion squad, and while none of them stuck with gymnastics (Lowe excelled in track and volleyball, Schwab in swimming) their training served them well in other sports. Daulton agreed: “I get a lot of my strength from my years in gymnastics. For the rest of your life, you’ll have a gymnastics body.”
An all-conference pick the last two years, Daulton has been heavily-marked this year, but has scored in five of six conference games.
“That’s remarkable, because those teams know all about her,” said Steuter. “There are always two or three girls behind to help whoever is marking her.”
In track, Daulton went to state in track all three years (grades 8-9-10) she participated and collected a medal each time, placing sixth in the 4-by-400 relay and sixth and seventh in the 4-by-100. She’s a member of three school-record relay teams and her 17-7 1/4 long jump ranks third.
Daulton is the youngest of three soccer-playing sisters. Kelsey, three years older, died last Thanksgiving Day. She is the Elks all-time scoring leader. Logan and Kelsey were teammates on a state tournament squad in 2010.
“That was the only time we played together. It was the best experience of my life,” said Daulton, misting up. “We made it to state, and we both played up top. I would cross to her and she would finish the goal. We made so many memories. Things that I will never forget.”
Daulton, who has verbally committed to Concordia-St. Paul, is a co-captain this year.
“She is a high character person,” said Steuter. “I’m proud of how she has handled being captain. There’s been times I’ve needed to make to make a point with the team, and I find that she has already handled it. She makes my job easier.”
Daulton’s immediate goal is to help the Elks reach state this year and average a goal per game, then have a good college soccer career, and after that, she’s got another ambition in mind.
“I’d like a career that involves organization, because I am a very organized person. My dream job would be organizing closets for celebrities! No kidding. If I could do that, I would love it.”
THE DAULTON SCORECARD
Personal file — Age: 18 … Family: parents Scott sand Kathy; sisters Brittany and Kelsey (deceased) … Sport: soccer, formerly track … Other activities: French Club … Academics: 3.6 GPA … College plans: Concordia-St. Paul, soccer, major undecided
Favorite stuff —Class: Food … TV shows: crime dramas, especially NSIC, and Law and Order SVU … Food: Leann Chin fare especially fried rice and lemon chicken … Drink: chocolate milk … Movie: “The Notebook” … Reading: serious topics like addiction, drug abuse, real life issues … Team: Wild … Athlete: David Beckham