By TOMMY REZAC
St. Joseph Post
Benton senior and multi-sport standout Peyton Anderson officially signed her letter of intent Thursday to play soccer at Northwest Missouri State.
Anderson had been verbally committed to the Bearcats since January. She calls the signing a relief, and she’s excited to join a Northwest program that’s made history in each of the last couple of seasons.
"It's a super big deal to me," Anderson said. "It really feels good to be a part of something bigger than myself. So, it feels good to go to a winning team."
Northwest, this year, tied a program record with 13 wins and the Bearcats are in the NCAA tournament for a second straight season after getting their first ever invite to the tournament last year.
Anderson has been among the leading goal scorers for Benton the last two seasons, helping the Cardinals go from seven wins in 2021 to a 12-10 record in 2022.
Anderson has scored 40 goals in her high school career so far. She says her visit to Maryville went very well, complimenting the welcome she got from Northwest coach Marc Gordon and the team.
"It's a really big deal to me to go somewhere where I'm welcomed and everyone is super nice."
Anderson has also been a key contributor on a Benton girls' basketball team that's appeared in the Class 4 Final Four each of the last two seasons.