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Willa Olson

Centennial, Jr., forward

Why she made the team: Olson hadn’t played for the Chargers during her first two years of high school, instead opting along with her twin sister to play boys’ club soccer with some of the area’s elite players. She burst onto the scene in 2016 to lead the area with 29 goals, but she didn’t just score. She also led the area in assists with 20. The last player to lead the area in goals and assists? Olson’s older sister, Dagny, who notched 30 goals and 17 assists in 2010.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Vance Joy. ... Have to see "Finding Dory." ... Before I compete, I eat Cheez-Its. ... In my dream career, I would be a baker. ... My favorite subject to study in school is art or math. ... My favorite athletes are Jonathan Toews, Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo. ... My favorite TV show is "Project Runway." ... My first job was working at Champaign Country Club for my dad. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Jonathan Toews, Beyonce and Pablo Picasso.

Three things on my bucket list: Go to Paris, meet the Chicago Blackhawks and go to a twin convention.

Gressa Olson

Centennial, Jr., midfielder

Why she made the team: While her twin sister earned recognition by finishing the attack, Gressa orchestrated it from the middle of the field. From a holding midfield spot, she scored 12 goals and dished out 13 assists while serving as field general for the area’s top team.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Rihanna. ... Have to see "Me Before You." ... Before I compete, I eat baby Goldfish. ... In my dream career, I would be a fashion designer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is art. ... My favorite athletes are Artemi Panarin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Serena Williams. ... My favorite TV show is "Law and Order." ... My first job was working at Champaign Country Club for my dad. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Artemi Panarin, Beyonce and Dave Franco.

Three things on my bucket list: Go to Paris, meet Artemi Panarin and swim with manatees.

Casey Lavin

Centennial, So., defenseman

Why she made the team: Lavin led a defense that tallied 15 shutouts, regularly shutting down the opposition’s top player. A constant threat on set pieces, Lavin scored four goals and notched three assists in her second year as an All-Area first-teamer.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Beyonce. ... Have to see "Me Before You." ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John’s. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional athlete. ... My favorite subject to study in school is Spanish. ... My favorite athletes are Stephen Curry and Julie Johnston. ... My favorite TV show is "One Tree Hill." ... My first job was babysitting. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose James Lafferty, God and Martin Luther King Jr.

Three things on my bucket list: Watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York City, visit Vatican City and go skydiving.

Dahaila Escobedo

Danville, Jr., midfielder

Why she made the team: Escobedo sparked the Vikings’ offense out of the attacking midfield spot, leading Danville with eight goals and seven assists. For the second consecutive season, Escobedo earned all-sectional honors.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Drake and William Singe. ... Have to see "The Conjuring 2." ... Before I compete, I eat a couple of granola bars. ... My dream career would be playing professional soccer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athletes are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "The First 48." ... My first job was babysitting. ... If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Kevin Hart, Ellen DeGeneres and Drake.

Three things on my bucket list: Travel to Greece, travel to every state in the U.S. and go to at least one World Cup game.

Payton Thompson

Champaign Central, Jr., midfielder

Why she made the team: The all-sectional selection scored seven goals and dished out two assists, both attacking and defending as a box-to-box midfielder while playing up top at times.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Spooky Black. ... Have to see "Jungle Book." ... Before I compete, I eat Goldfish. ... In my dream career, I would work on a reserve in Africa. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Neymar. ... My favorite TV show is "Law and Order." ... My first job was as a lifeguard. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Virginia Woolf, Khaled Hosseini and The Weeknd.

Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, pet a rhino and backpack South America.

Mikaela Antonacci

Mahomet-Seymour, Jr., defenseman

Why she made the team: Antonacci led the Bulldogs’ defense, but she was also instrumental in kick-starting the attack from the back line, making penetrating runs up the middle of the field and playing long diagonal crosses to switch the point of attack.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Bruno Mars. ... Have to see "Me Before You." ... Before I compete, I eat Skittles. ... In my dream career, I would be a doctor. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math, ... My favorite athlete is Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey’s Anatomy." ... My first job was babysitting. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Abraham Lincoln, Taylor Lautner and Angie Schoonover.

Three things on my bucket list: Visit Italy, learn another language and travel to every state.

Izzy Schmitt

St. Thomas More, So., midfielder

Why she made the team: After scoring five goals last season as an every-game starter, Schmitt developed into a constant scoring threat while playmaking out of the attacking midfield. This year, she scored 13 goals and dished out 15 assists on her way to an all-sectional nod.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Taylor Swift. ... Have to see "Jungle Book." ... Before I compete, I eat an apple. ... In my dream career, I would be a doctor. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Xavi. ... My favorite TV show is "Psych." ... My first job was at Mettler Center. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose my grandma, Taylor Swift and Abbey Horn.

A few things on my bucket list: Travel the world and go to a World Cup game.

Sierra Poor

Urbana, Sr., midfielder/forward

Why she made the team: In her first year of high school soccer, Poor began the season on the back line. Coach Erika Mennig soon realized, though, she needed to utilize the senior’s speed up front, and Poor led her team with 11 goals and three assists as a result.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Future. ... Have to see "Finding Dory." ... Before I compete, I eat anything I can find. ... In my dream career, I would be a veterinarian. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athletes are Stephen Curry and Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey’s Anatomy." ... My first job was as a lifeguard. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Beyonce, Lil Herb and Stephen Curry.

Three things on my bucket list: Go skydiving, travel the world and go scuba diving.

Meredith Johnson-Monfort

Mahomet-Seymour, So., forward

Why she made the team: In just her second year of high school, Johnson-Monfort was captain of a team that went 16-4-2 and one of the area’s top attacking players. After earning all-sectional honors as a freshman, Johnson-Monfort upped her goal production from 16 to 24, and she also added 12 assists.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Sam Smith. ... Have to see "Finding Dory." ... 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 math. ... My favorite athlete is Luis Suarez. ... My favorite TV show is "How I Met Your Mother." ... My first job was at Soccer Planet. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Teddy Roosevelt, Norman Reedus and Alexander Hamilton.

Three things on my bucket list: Become fluent in Spanish, skydive and travel abroad.

Caroline Geubelle

St. Thomas More, Sr., forward

Why she made the team: The IHSSCA all-stater scored 19 goals to lead the Sabers in goals for the second consecutive season. Geubelle helped lead the Sabers to regional titles all four years at STM, which also won two sectionals and a super-sectional in her time.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see the Beatles or J. Cole. ... Have to see "Popstar." ... Before I compete, I eat fruit. ... In my dream career, I would be a diplomat. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history or political science. ... My favorite athletes are Pele, Stephen Curry and Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "Scandal." ... My first job was at TCBY. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela and Leonardo da Vinci.

Three things on my bucket list: Learn a fourth language, go paragliding and visit all seven continents.

Natalie Dullerud

Urbana Uni High, Sr., midfielder

Why she made the team: Dullerud scored five goals and led the Illineks with five assists on her way to all-sectional honors.

A few of my favorites: Need concert tickets to see Beyonce. ... I have to see "Zootopia." ... Before I compete, I eat chocolate. ... In my dream career, I would be a doctor. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athletes are Abby Wambach and Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... My first job was at the UIUC chemistry lab. … If I could have dinner with three people from any time period, I would choose Daniel Radcliffe, Ella Fitzgerald and Freddie Mercury.

Three things on my bucket list: Travel the world, meet the "Harry Potter" cast and skydive.

 

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