(Plattsmouth) — A three-year-old football career far from over, it was named KMAland Nebraska Girls Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Plattsmouth sophomore Ireland Todd led the young Blue Devils this year with some of the best performances in KMAland Nebraska to rightfully deserve the honor.
For Todd, Wednesday’s award is well deserved after putting her heart and soul into the football field all her life.
“I’ve been playing since I was three years old,” Todd said. “About the fifth grade, I realized that I could go far with this. I put in all the time and effort and they paid me back in kind. The coaches were amazing and my teammates pushed me to be a player.”
Todd has scored 14 goals this season, more than any KMAland female football player from Nebraska. She attributes her sufficient football experience to her success.
“I have worked in many select clubs,” she said. “Thanks to this, I received a lot of knowledge and training. I take what I learned in the clubs and apply it to my high school game.”
She was also not afraid to try new things and was always willing to learn.
“Even if you’ve been playing for years, you always have to be optimistic in order to learn and try new things,” said Todd. “I’ve always tried to be open.”
Todd led the Blue Devils’ youth movement, leading them to an 8-10 record, two more wins than last year.
“I’ve taken on a big leadership role this season,” Todd said. “Being a rookie, I didn’t know what to expect. But this year I wanted to help the team in any way I could.”
“Ireland has a huge impact on our team,” said Plattsmouth head coach Trey Cossel. “There’s a difference between day and night when she’s on the field and when she’s off.”
The season had its ups and downs, but Todd and her teammates made the most of it.
“There were (several blows),” she said. “In a small school, they don’t look at you. You must remember that you are here for a reason. We were all on the same wavelength.
Reflecting on his season, Todd points to his team’s progress and success.
“We all got through and put on some good fights,” Todd said. “This team will definitely be one that we will keep an eye on as we grow.”
Todd’s ceiling, her willingness to learn and the supportive cast around her leave plenty to be excited about the future of Plattsmouth women’s football.
“The future of this team is exciting,” said coach Kossel. “We should be an interesting team to watch next year because Ireland and their teammates have been going through the hardships of growing a young team over the last couple of years.”
“My goal is to score more goals than last year,” she said. “I will continue to push myself to get better and make sure the team builds a good name for themselves.”
Read the full interview with Todd below.