Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer

N-G girls' soccer coach of the year: Mahomet-Seymour's Joey Gruner

Why he's Coach of the Year: For the third consecutive season, Gruner keyed the Bulldogs to a Class 2A regional championship — this time without star scorer Meredith Johnson-Monfort, who was injured late in the title match.

21st News-Gazette All-Area girls’ soccer team

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM 

ATHLETE YR. POS. SCHOOL

Emma Blomberg Sr. D St. Thomas More

Kathryn Dullerud Sr. M/F Uni High

Naomi DuPree So. M Champaign Central

Sarah Hohenstein Sr. G Mahomet-Seymour

Brianna Hopper Sr. G St. Thomas More

M. Johnson-Monfort Sr. M/F Mahomet-Seymour

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: May 28, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas returns with Best of the Bunch, highlighting athletes from St. Joseph-Ogden, Urbana, Mahomet-Seymour, Ridgeview/Lexington, Tuscola, Salt Fork, Argenta-Oreana, Uni High, LeRoy, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin and St. Thomas More.

Prep pulse: May 28, 2018

The local high school spring sports season is rapidly winding down now. On Saturday, we watched athletes from the boys' track and field and boys' tennis realms wrap up their respective campaigns.

For us, that leaves just four area athletic teams still rolling through the postseason: Tuscola baseball, St. Joseph-Ogden softball, Argenta-Oreana softball and Mahomet-Seymour softball.

Top of the Morning, May 25, 2018

No doubt RANDY BLACKMAN had an impact on Urbana athletics. A huge impact.

This weekend, the retiring soccer coach will be celebrated with a string of local events.

It starts at 6 p.m. today with a happy hour at Bunny's Tavern.

Bulldogs unable to corral Senators late

URBANA — Meredith Johnson-Monfort wasn't entering Tuesday's Class 2A sectional semifinal match.

This was never in doubt. The Mahomet-Seymour senior suffered a sprained ankle and pulled tendons in her left foot during Saturday's regional championship bout with Normal U-High.

VIDEO: Class 2A Urbana Girls' Soccer Sectional Semis Highlights

Video highlights from a Class 2A Urbana girls' soccer sectional semifinal between Mahomet-Seymour and Springfield, with postmatch reaction from Bulldogs coach Joey Gruner and athletes Meredith Johnson-Monfort and Maddy Wade.

Sabers fall shy of state

COLUMBIA — For James Johnson's money, Belleville Althoff is the best Class 1A girls' soccer team in Illinois.

So when Johnson's St. Thomas More outfit squared off with the Crusaders on Tuesday night in the Columbia Super-Sectional, he set up the Sabers in a "stay home and counterattack" scheme.

It wasn't enough.

HS Girls' Soccer: Urbana 2A Sectional

Mahomet-Seymour plays Springfield during an IHSA Class 2A Sectional semifinal match at Urbana High School Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Urbana.

Wise with age: Experienced roster has Sabers one win from state

CHAMPAIGN — Can a prep athletic team really be considered old when all participants are between the ages of 14 and 18?

By high school standards, sure. The St. Thomas More girls' soccer outfit falls into that category as 12 of its 23 varsity participants graduated on Sunday.

And so far in 2018, having that many upperclassmen on its roster has served coach James Johnson well.