Peyton Anderson

Benton’s Peyton Anderson takes a shot against Mid-Buchanan in St. Joseph.

Peyton Anderson spent the offseason working to become the soccer player that she was in 2022. The Cardinals leading scorer helped lead Benton to double-digit wins for the first time in over 14 years.

“It’s amazing to know that my hard work has really been paying off,” Anderson said. “I really worked hard to prove that I am the soccer player that I am. I’m just thankful that I’m being rewarded for all my hard work.”

The Cardinals won a combined 16 matches in the first two years of Anderson’s career. The 2022 season ended much better than it began with Benton losing seven of their first nine matches.

Anderson and the Cardinals hit their stride after a tough start, finishing the season with 10 wins over the final 13 matches before losing to St. Pius X in the second round of the district tournament.

“I really loved playing this season, we had so much fun,” Anderson said. “We had such better teamwork this season, we had a lot more fun, and I think that just helped us to be more successful.”

A great deal of that success was due to the lead Anderson made in goals scored compared to 2021. After scoring 25 goals as a sophomore, Anderson ended the 2022 season with 40 goals.

“I felt like I took on more of a leadership goal this season,” Anderson said. “I scored 25 goals last season and 40 this season and I felt like that was really my role.”

Anderson said that the hard work will continue going into her final season in 2023. Aside from team success, Anderson says she has one more goal she would like to accomplish.

“One of my goals is to get to 100 goals for my high school career,” Anderson said. “I’m really going to be working hard toward that in the offseason.”

— Anthony Crane

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