Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer

STM's new AD makes himself at home

CHAMPAIGN — Ben Sankey had two bags for much of his 20s, and in those bags sat all of his belongings.

A call could come at any time that changed his life, whether that be a call to the coaches’ office or the ringing of his cellphone, telling him he’d been traded or a team was interested in his services. He had to remain ready.

2016 Prep Program of the Year: St. Joseph-Ogden

In 2005, we asked now-retired sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or 20.

2016 Prep Year in Review

1. Unity boys’ cross-country. Dominant performance by five seniors at state; they placed among the top 14 individually, leading Rockets to a Class 1A state crown.

2. LeRoy boys’ basketball. School’s first state trophy in the sport was for first place in Class 1A.

June 30 prep sports chat

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:30pm

The offseason might be in full effect for area high school athletes, but it's never too early to look ahead. That's what preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is here for. What football teams might surprise in 2016? When does The News-Gazette Preps Year in Review come out? Who's the next big-time recruit to come out of C-U? Ask and Zilis will provide an answer in his 12:30 p.m.

June 16 prep sports chat

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

When do the rest of the All-Area teams come out? Who are some high school athletes to keep an eye on next school year? What teams surprised preps coordinator Anthony Zilis the most this past school year? Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but you can go ahead and ask questions ahead of time.

2016 All-Area Girls' Soccer: Big 12 All-Conference Team

SENIORS: Kenna Carew, Notre Dame; Savanna Fleeman, Notre Dame; Lauren Harrigan, Normal Community; Allison Hieb, Normal West; Alexis Hoskins, Danville; Kate Lorenz, Normal West; Brittney Peden, Bloomington; Sierra Poor, Urbana

2016 All-Area Girls' Soccer: Final statistics

Athlete, School    Goals

W. Olson, Centennial    29
Johnson-Monfort, Mahomet-Seymour    24
Geubelle, St. Thomas More    19
Woods, Centennial    18
Maupin, Monticello    17
Schmitt, St. Thomas More    13

2016 All-Area Girls' Soccer COY: Centennial's Jim Meissen

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Meissen, in his second season with Centennial, helped engineer a nine-win turnaround for the Chargers, who finished 19-5 and won a Class 2A regional title before losing in a sectional semifinal match.

2016 All-Area Girls' Soccer POY: Centennial's Willa Olson

CHAMPAIGN — Soccer comes naturally to Willa Olson.

Watching the Centennial forward, who just finished up her junior season with an area-best 29 goals and 20 assists, move effortlessly across the field while connecting with teammates and striking fear into opposing defenses makes that apparent.

Olson applies that ease to another adoration in her life: art.

2016 All-Area Girls' Soccer: First team, second team, honorable mention

All-Area First Team
Mikaela Antonacci    Mahomet-Seymour    Jr.    Defenseman
Natalie Dullerud    Urbana Uni High    Sr.    Midfielder