All-Area Girls' Soccer: Meet the first team

All-Area Girls' Soccer: Meet the first team

Aleyna Brunner
Mahomet-Seymour, Jr., Forward


The numbers: Was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Third on team with 11 goals. Also had nine assists, second among the Bulldogs. One of team’s most dangerous finishers, has the ability to score from distance. Had four game-winning goals and three game-winning assists as a junior.

A few of my favorites: Ice cream ... Chipotle ... Hoodie Allen ... Julie Parr ... AP biology ... Silver Toyota Avalon ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Ellie England and Maddy Chalifoux

On my bucket list: Go cliff diving, road trip with Ellie and Maddy, study abroad

In 10 years, I see myself: in medical school

Role models in my life: My parents, Dawn and Robert Brunner

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Tennis

Maddy Chalifoux
Champaign Central, Jr., Midfielder


The numbers: Three-time first-team selection was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-state selection. Scored an area-best 34 goals to raise her school-record career total to 84. Three-time team MVP also had nine assists.

A few of my favorites: Ice cream ... Chick-fil-A ... Josh May ... Alex Morgan ... Physics ... Toyota Camry ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Aley Brunner and Ellie England

On my bucket list: Visit all 50 states, go scuba diving, become better than Ellie at pingpong

In 10 years, I see myself: having a good job

Role model in my life: Julia Smith

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Gymnastics

Carmen Gewirth
Urbana Uni High, So., Midfielder


The numbers: Was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional honorable mention selection. Tenacious, fiery player finished with three goals and two assists for the Illineks. “If we had a stat for 50/50 balls won, she would lead the team,” coach Benjamin Leff said.

A few of my favorites: Phish Food ice cream ... Sakanaya ... Kishi Bashi ... Ella Masar ... English class with Mr. Rayburn ... A minivan ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Grace Lilly

On my bucket list: Hike the Appalachian Trail with my sister; own a chocolate fountain, bike cross-country

In 10 years, I see myself: walking in a park

Role model in my life: My mom, Nancy

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Synchronized diving

Ellie England
Urbana, Sr., Midfielder


The numbers: Repeat first-teamer was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Scored a team-high nine goals and assisted on three others, accounting for 40 percent of the Tigers’ goals. Three-year starter, two-time team MVP.

A few of my favorites: Dumplings ... Black Dog ... Jennifer Lawrence ... Ella Masar ... Biology ... Red Mazda Miata ... Tutoring

Last text sent to: Aley Brunner and Maddy Chalifoux

On my bucket list: Bungee jumping, road trip with Aley and Maddy, ride in a hot air balloon

In 10 years, I see myself: in medical school

Role model in my life: My mom, Barbara

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Competitive pingpong

Louisette Lukusa
St. Thomas More, Sr., Forward


The numbers: Three-time first-teamer was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Had team-high totals of 20 goals and 14 assists. Second in area in scoring and first in assists. Dynamic forward with explosive speed. Second at STM with 49 career goals and 42 career assists.

A few of my favorites: Tacos ... El Toro ... Zendaya ... Cristiano Ronaldo ... English class with Mrs. Hinkley ... Chrysler ... Soccer referee

Last text sent to: Gabby Wszalek

On my bucket list: Learn to surf, ride an elephant and adventure the world

In 10 years, I see myself: as a marriage counselor

Role models in my life: My parents, Suzanne and Claude

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Basketball

Catherine McHale
Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., Midfielder


The numbers: Parkland College soccer recruit was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Second on team with 12 goals. Also totaled seven assists. Athletic player who uses explosive speed to break down opposing defenses. A team captain as a senior.

A few of my favorites: Fruit ... Chick-fil-A ... One Direction ... Julie Parr ... Sociology ... Dodge Stratus ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Sarah Van Wingerden

On my bucket list: Go scuba diving, work at Disney World, study abroad

In 10 years, I see myself: working as a physician’s assistant

Role model in my life: My mom, Karen

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Badminton

Emica Quigley
Champaign Central, Jr., Defender


The numbers: Was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Finished season with four goals and six assists. Played primarily center defensive midfield and was chosen as Maroons’ Defensive Player of the Year. Aggressive athlete whose energy dictates game’s pace.

A few of my favorites: Bagels ... Panera Bread ... Josh May ... Eden Hazard ... Art with Mrs. Silverman ... BMW convertible ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Mireia Odlin

On my bucket list: Play college soccer, sky diving, riding a horse

In 10 years, I see myself: married to the man of my dreams

Role model in my life: Julia Smith

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Cross-country

Claire Redden
Champaign Central, Jr., Forward


The numbers: Was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional honorable mention selection. Had a team-high 12 assists and scored five goals, which tied for second on the team. First year at the forward position, she managed “to take the role and go above and beyond what was asked,” coach Mick Galeski said.

A few of my favorites: Pizza ... Buffalo Wild Wings ... Obama ... Lindsey Taylor ... Lunch ... Volkswagen Passat ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Zakk Johnson

On my bucket list: Learn how to surf, go to Morocco, be fluent in Spanish

In 10 years, I see myself: traveling

Role models in my life: My parents, Jenny and Stan

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Snowboarding

Michaela Ward
St. Thomas More, Jr., Midfielder


The numbers: Was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Second on team with 19 goals and 13 assists, one behind team leader Louisette Lukusa in each category. Holds school record for season assists (20 in 2013). Has scored at least 10 goals all three years on varsity.

A few of my favorites: Macaroni and cheese ... Orange and Brew ... Florida Georgia Line ... Mia Hamm ... Anatomy ... Chevrolet Traverse ... Lifeguarding

Last text sent to: David Taylor

On my bucket list: Bungee jumping, learn to surf, sky diving

In 10 years, I see myself: teaching first grade

Role models in my life: My parents, Mike and Jody

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Lacrosse

Sarah Van Wingerden
Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., Midfielder


The numbers: Three-time first-teamer is a Wheaton College soccer recruit who was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-state selection. Headlines All-Area team as Player of the Year. Had team-high totals of 12 goals and 19 assists. Three-time team MVP and captain. Played in 67 career matches and had 67 combined goals/assists.

A few of my favorites: Mashed potatoes ... Los Zarapes ... Luke Bryan ... Julie Parr ... Calculus ... White Ford Contour ... Customer service representative at Soccer Planet

Last text sent to: Abby Grinberg

On my bucket list: Ride a cow, go sky diving, live in Spain

In 10 years, I see myself: coaching soccer and working as a physician’s assistant

Role models in my life: My parents, Lori and Scott

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Lacrosse

Lindsey Taylor
Centennial, Jr., Defender


The numbers: Was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. Scored one goal but was a defensive stalwart for the Chargers. Three-year starter was also a team captain. Coach Hsiung Marler calls her “a bulldog on the field,” adding, she is “doing everything she can to push herself and her teammates.”

A few of my favorites: Pasta ... Chipotle ... Miley Cyrus ... Claire Redden ... Sociology ... 2008 Impala ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Maria Jimenez

On my bucket list: Go sky diving, go to Australia, meet Theo James

In 10 years, I see myself: working and traveling with my family

Role model in my life: My mom, Laura

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Speed diving


Lexi Wallen
St. Thomas More, Jr., Goalkeeper


The numbers: Three-time first-teamer, an Illinois State University volleyball recruit, was chosen by IHSSCA as an all-sectional selection. In 18 matches, posted four shutouts and had a 2.00 goals-against average. Has a school-record 26 career shutouts.

A few of my favorites: Pizza ... El Toro ... Bruno Mars ... LeBron James ... English ... Saturn VUE ... Babysitting

Last text sent to: Erica and Doug Wallen

On my bucket list: Travel to Europe, watch an Olympic event in person, learn to play an instrument

In 10 years, I see myself: starting a family

Role model in my life: My grandpa, Bob Greger

Sport I would like to try but haven’t: Tennis

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