Girls' Soccer

Girls' Soccer

All-Area soccer: Coach of the Year Hsiung Marler

Coach of the Year: Hsiung Marler, Centennial

Why: Eighth-year head coach guided Centennial to a third consecutive regional championship and its fourth in five years as well as a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference.

All-Area soccer: Meet the first team

Grace Ayodele

Senior, midfielder


All-Area soccer: Player of the Year Katelynn Martinez

CHAMPAIGN — The destiny of Centennial's Class of 2013 was determined when the soccer-playing members of the group were freshmen.

That spring, in 2010, a ninth-grader was the Area Player of the Year for the first time in girls' soccer.

All-Area soccer: The list

All-Area first team


Grace Ayodele Centennial Sr. Midfield Hsiung Marler

Jade Brinkoetter St. Thomas More Jr. Midfield James Johnson

Maddy Chalifoux Champaign Central Fr. Midfield Mick Galeski

Sarah Kresca Champaign Central Sr. Midfield Mick Galeski

Melinda Mendoza Urbana Sr. Midfield Randy Blackman

2012 Girls Soccer All Area Team

2012 All Area Girls soccer team shot at the UI fields on First Street in Champaign.

Bulletin Board: 8 selected to Shrine game

Eight from area in Shrine game

BLOOMINGTON — The 37-player East roster for the annual Shrine all-star high school football game features eight former area athletes.

N-G Teams of the Week

Teams of the Week



Eagles (19-18) trailed 2-0 after one inning and 5-2 going into the seventh against a Mahomet-Seymour team they had traded regular season wins against. Jada Walker, Kalista Lutes, Sarah Hunt and Grace Bjornbak scored in the late-game comeback that produced a Class 3A regional title.

Chargers come up just short in soccer

NORMAL — Comeback victories are nothing new for this Centennial girls' soccer team, but overcoming a three-goal deficit would be.

That's the situation the Chargers faced Friday at halftime of their Class 2A sectional title match against Normal University High at Normal West High School.

Martinez's two late goals lift Chargers

NORMAL — Whether he believed what he was saying or not, Centennial girls' soccer coach Hsiung Marler had a simple message for his team at halftime of its Class 2A sectional semifinal against Mahomet-Seymour on Wednesday.

"I told them we had them right where we wanted them," Marler said.

Class 2A Girls Soccer: Sectional Semi-Final

Champaign Centennial's Katelynn Martinez scored two goals as the Chargers beat Mahomet-Seymour 2-1 in the Class 2A Sectional Semi-Final at Normal West High School in Normal on Wednesday May 23, 2012.