Girl’s state soccer begins Thursday and the ladies from Dowling Catholic are ready to make their third straight appearance.
On the Maroons quest for their first title, they have one secret weapon.
During most games the 'throw-ins' go unnoticed, but that's not the case when Maranda Metz is on the field.
"I didn't know she had that till last year," her Coach laughs.
"I throw as far as I can with all the effort I have in me," Metz explains.
The result: a booming throw from the sideline into the goal box, wreaking havoc on defenses.
"I think every coach in the state would love to have that weapon," Coach says.
That weapon helped the Maroons edge Urbandale 2-1 and make the state tournament.
It may look simple enough, it's not.
Teammate Madie Avery says no one else can throw like that. “No. Not even close. Not even close. We can get it to the 18 if we're lucky, but she's got the longest by far."
It's like a corner kick, only on every throw-in on the offensive end.
And they are using it to their advantage Coach says, "This year we're putting teams under tremendous amounts of pressure with that."
The Maroons start their quest for a first state title, Thursday against Dubuque Hempstead.