CHESTERFIELD • The season never seems to come to an end for Parkway West sophomore Leah Selm.
A three-sport athlete for the Longhorns, she is pushed both physically and mentally every time she enters a competition and is enjoying every second of it year-round.
Selm, a midfielder for the Parkway West soccer team as well as a cross country runner and a basketball player, put her full set of skills on display with two goals and an assist in the Longhorns' 8-1 victory over Parkway Central on Friday at home.
“I take things with me from one sport to the other, there is always something that (translates),” Selm said. “A sport like cross country, where I finished 26th (at the Class 4 state meet), really forces you to put in a lot of mental work. It's such a mental sport. That work definitely helps in soccer. You can't just run around, you have to use your (intelligence) when you're out here. It helps you be a better player and your work helps your team be better.”
Selm's drive on the pitch has helped the Longhorns thrive this season. Not just because of the way she plays, but because of the impact she has on her teammates.
“She's an athlete through and through and she's competitive and is very coachable,” West coach Annie Weyland said. “That is, ultimately, one of the most desirable attributes for any player to have, in a coach's eyes. She's hard working and we're guaranteed to get her best effort every single day. She always wants to be better and to do better. She's her own harshest critic and is so hard on herself and that drives her.”
Senior forward Bella Hatzigeorgiou, who scored three goals for West, said Selm brings out the best in everyone.
“Leah is an awesome player and is one of the biggest helps that I have ever had in all my years,” Hatzigeorgiou said. “She's super consistent. She's super good with footwork. She just sees the whole field really well.”
As consistent as Selm and Hatzigeorgiou were against the Colts, they were far from the only players who had success.
West (6-0 overall, 2-0 Suburban Red, No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) got goals from freshman Ella Roesch, who scored a pair and added an assist. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Ristau chipped in a goal.
“We've got a good number of freshmen doing great things for us, Ella was a recent call-up from junior varsity,” Weyland said. “This bodes very well for the future of the program. It's great to see these young girls playing important minutes.”
While the West offense was solid as a rock, the defense was sturdy in its own right. Senior Erika Anstine stopped each shot but for one to earn the win in goal.
Central (0-6, 0-2) scored its only goal early in the second half to break up the shutout when sophomore Brooke Taeckens scored.