Get to know the N-G all-area girls' soccer first team

Get to know the N-G all-area girls' soccer first team

Emma Blomberg

St. Thomas More, D, Sr.

Why she made it: Despite dealing with injuries throughout her final prep campaign, Blomberg proved critical to a potent offense. She potted 14 goals to go with six assists this season, and finished ninth in Sabers history for goals scored.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Justin Bieber. ... Before I compete, I eat nothing. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional athlete. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athlete is Tobin Heath. ... My favorite TV show is "Chicago P.D." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Abby Leibach, Sophia Bush and Khalid.

Three items on my bucket list: Go snorkeling, travel out of the country and go skydiving.

Kathryn Dullerud

Uni High, M/F, Sr.

Why she made it: Dullerud paired with Betsy Ruckman to key the Illineks to a 6-8-1 record, which left them one win short of a Class 1A regional championship. Dullerud collected nine goals and a team-best 10 assists on the year.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Travis Scott. ... Before I complete, I eat Saahithi's mom's chicken biryani. ... In my dream career, I would work for the National Bureau of Economic Research. ... My favorite subjects to study in school are math and history. ... My favorite athlete is Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "Parks and Recreation." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Barack Obama, Albert Camus and Ada Lovelace.

Three items on my bucket list: Live in France, go to the World Cup and swim in the Great Barrier Reef.

Naomi DuPree

Champaign Central, M, So.

Why she made it: The talented underclassman boosted the Maroons to life on the offensive end, in addition to an 11-9 ledger. DuPree placed third in the area with 25 goals and contributed 10 assists to boot.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Beyonce. ... Before I compete, I eat Popeyes. ... In my dream career, I would play on the U.S. women's soccer team. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Julie Ertz. ... My favorite TV show is "Blue's Clues." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Prince, Michael Jackson and James Dean.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to an ocean, skydive and play soccer with a famous soccer player.

Sarah Hohenstein

Mahomet-Seymour, G, Sr.

Why she made it: Hohenstein especially showed her value when teammate Meredith Johnson-Monfort went down with injury, backstopping the Bulldogs to a Class 2A regional crown. Hohenstein tabbed the area's best goals allowed average at 0.63, only permitting 15 goals in 24 matches.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Russ and Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat Subway. ... In my dream career, I would be an undercover bounty hunter. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is Maddy Wade. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesus, Donald Trump and Chris Kyle.

Three items on my bucket list: Go skydiving, go scuba diving and go swimming in the Dead Sea.

Brianna Hopper

St. Thomas More, G, Sr.

Why she made it: The record-settingSabers netminder broke new ground with 16 shutouts and a 0.84 goals against average this year, serving as the key defender for a 21-5-1 team that captured a Class 1A sectional title.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat Panera Bread. ... In my dream career, I would be an anesthesiologist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Rose Aviles. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey's Anatomy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick coach Tom Garriott, Justin Bieber and Hope Solo.

Three items on my bucket list: Leave the country, cliff jump into a big lake and go skiing.

Meredith Johnson-Monfort

Mahomet-Seymour, M/F, Sr.

Why she made it: The repeat News-Gazette Player of the Year and future University of Illinois athlete finished a prestigious prep tenure with an area-leading 43 goals as well as 13 assists for a 21-3 outfit. Johnson-Monfort concluded her M-S run with program bests in goals (117) and assists (44).

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat a candy bar. ... In my dream career, I would be a food critic. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athlete is Luis Suarez. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesus Christ, Donald J. Trump and Ben Shapiro.

Three items on my bucket list: Learn a third language, visit Madrid and participate in a triathlon.

Maddie Louis

Mahomet-Seymour, D/M, Jr.

Why she made it: Coined by coach Joey Gruner as the Bulldogs' best defender, Louis led a back line that allowed just 17 goals all season and, as a result, helped M-S to the first-ever Apollo Conference championship.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Khalid. ... Before I compete, I eat SweeTARTS. ... In my dream career, I would be a shoe designer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athletes are Thomas Muller and Meredith Johnson-Monfort. ... My favorite TV show is "Friends." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesus, Justin Bieber and Abby Kyle.

Three items on my bucket list: Go whale watching, go to a World Cup game and visit Germany.

Mia Maupin

Monticello, F, Jr.

Why she made it: Maupin put together an explosive offensive campaign for the 6-15 Sages, posting the second-most goals in the area with 28. She is now Monticello's single-season record holder in tallies, as well as the career leader with 62.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Lil Yachty. ... Before I compete, I eat nothing. I like playing on an empty stomach. ... In my dream career, I would be a nurse and serve in the needs of others. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athlete is Lonzo Ball. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey's Anatomy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Michelle Obama and A$AP Rocky.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to Bora Bora, learn a new language and go deep-sea diving.

Hayes Murray

St. Thomas More, M, Sr.

Why she made it: Another of coach James Johnson's standout performers on the offensive end, Murray completed the year with 17 goals and 12 assists. Murray rates fifth in Sabers history with 33 career goals and sixth in helpers with 28.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Dan + Shay. ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's. ... In my dream career, I would be a famous singer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is psychology. ... My favorite athlete is Abby Leibach. ... My favorite TV show is "Riverdale." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesus, Rose Aviles and Beyonce.

Three items on my bucket list: Swim with dolphins, go to Jamaica and bungee jump.

Izzy Schmitt

St. Thomas More, M, Sr.

Why she made it: Tying Murray with 17 goals this year, Schmitt also tabbed a local-best 26 assists for the sectional champs. In STM lore, Schmitt slots fourth in career goals (45) and first in assists (62).

A few of my favorites: Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Xavi Hernandez. ... My favorite TV show is "Psych." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Xavi Hernanddez, Lionel Messi and Abbey Horn.

Two items on my bucket list: Travel the world and go to a World Cup game.

Mary Woods

Centennial, F, Sr.

Why she made it: The driving force for an 8-12 Chargers squad, Woods paced her club with 16 goals and 11 assists to repeat as a first-team honoree.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Mason Ramsey. ... Before I compete, I eat everything. ... In my dream career, I would coach a professional soccer team. ... My favorite subject to study in school is P.E. ... My favorite athlete is John Stockton. ... My favorite TV shows are "How I Met Your Mother" and "Jersey Shore." ... If I could have dinner with any three people, I would pick Post Malone, Jesus and Patsy Mays.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to Brazil, play basketball with Michael Jordan and perform with Chance the Rapper.