Dobry proud of his seniors’ accomplishments over last 4 years

By Neal A. Johnson, UD Editor
Posted 4/15/20

In the midst of the pandemic, and with the cancellation of the spring season, Fatima girls soccer coach Clint Dobry said he has plenty of reasons to be proud of the girls who were denied a chance to …

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Dobry proud of his seniors’ accomplishments over last 4 years

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In the midst of the pandemic, and with the cancellation of the spring season, Fatima girls soccer coach Clint Dobry said he has plenty of reasons to be proud of the girls who were denied a chance to excel.

“I want to congratulate the girls soccer class of 2020,” he said. “To date they are the most successful soccer class at Fatima, with 33 wins, two district titles, scoring/shutout records, and going to state two out of three chances, all of which is noteworthy. They should be extremely proud of their achievements. This class will always be extra special unlike any other I believe. They will be the ‘what if’ class forever.”

This season began the same as most others — Dobry was putting the pieces into place dreaming of future success.

“Early on, I was very impressed with the incoming freshmen but I also felt that the seniors — those same players who took us to back-to back state runs — wanted one last title shot in Kansas City,” said Dobry of Morgan Muenks (F), Grace Kloeppel (D), Madelyn Huhn (MF) and Alana Schulte (GK).

“Most of the class of 2020 were in supporting roles those years and they really wanted to showcase their talents on the big stage. The practices were going better than any year I have coached to date. I have to admit that I was very excited to get this season started. The team had that competitive look in their eyes as they prepared to make another run.”

Dobry added that though it’s selfish, he feels cheated. “I wanted so much to see this through for those seniors,” he said. “I wanted them to experience that moment of glory that others had before them.”

When he realized that their season was in jeopardy, Dobry had a quick discussion about what might happen; however, he held back the possibility that the season might be over soon.

“To be honest I really didn’t know what to say,” Dobry noted. “But I do know this much, I feel grateful to have coached these seniors. They were my first soccer class at Fatima. I remember their first jamboree, when they were freshmen, like it was yesterday. I wish I could have had just one more game to honor their hard work. On the bright side, I believe the class of 2020 will carry with them a very special gift. They now realize that events sometimes take you another direction way before you are ready. High school is very short. Life is not fair. Prepare for the future but live for today.”

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