Monroe County fielded three strong high school girls soccer teams this spring, one of which hoisted a state title trophy.
The Class 1A state champion Columbia Eagles are featured prominently on this year’s Republic-Times All-Local Girls Soccer Team for good reason, with standout players from Waterloo and Gibault also making the list.
Kennedy Jones, Columbia. This senior earned Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team honors after scoring 21 goals with 13 assists for the state champs. She will continue her soccer career at Southeast Missouri State.
Payton Richter, Waterloo. The leading scorer for the Bulldogs this season, this fabulous freshman recorded 27 goals and 10 assists on the season.
Haley Glover, Columbia. The leading scorer for the Eagles with 26 goals and 13 assists, this junior earned IHSSCA All-Sectional Team honors.
Hannah Stearns, Gibault. A strong sophomore season resulted in Stearns leading the young Hawks in scoring with seven goals and six assists.
Fae Harrell, Columbia. Another senior leader for the Eagles, Harrell finished with 24 goals and 13 assists this season.
Chloe Graff, Columbia. Yet another senior standout for the Eagles, Graff provided quickness on offense and finished with 17 goals and 11 assists this season.
Halle Haudrich, Gibault. The anchor of Gibault’s defense, this junior was named to the IHSSCA All-Sectional Team. She’ll be looked on to lead the Hawks in 2020.
Jaycee Cotton, Waterloo. Only a sophomore, Cotton earned an IHSSCA Honorable Mention nod for her solid play on defense. She also recorded three goals and four assists.
Paige Kinzinger, Waterloo. This junior earned IHSSCA All-Sectional Team honors after recording eight goals and nine assists for the Bulldogs.
Jenna Jackson, Columbia. Not only did this senior provide solid defense, but her deep throw-ins led to any scoring opportunities for the Eagles. She finished with two goals and 10 assists.
Rylee Iorio, Columbia. Every state champion soccer squad needs an elite netminder, and Columbia had just that. The senior posted a 27-2-1 record with a save percentage of .887 and 20 shutouts this spring. She will continue her soccer career at Union University.
Maddie Davis, Gibault. This sophomore goalkeeper kept the Hawks in many games in which they were being out-shot. She earned an IHSSCA Honorable Mention nod after making 159 total saves.
Reagan Mauch, Columbia. This junior scored 11 goals and contributed 17 assists for the Eagles.
Sophia Bonaldi, Columbia. A multi-sport star for the Eagles, Bonaldi displayed her athleticism on the soccer pitch this spring with four goals and seven assists.
Natalie Gum, Waterloo. Another super sophomore for the Bulldogs, Gum recorded five goals and 12 assists this spring.
Brooke Biffar, Gibault, Also a sophomore, this multi-sport star finished with five goals and two assists for the Hawks.
Ali Scace, Waterloo. This junior recorded 10 goals and two assists for the Bulldogs and will look for more next season.
Megan O’Donnell, Waterloo. The future looks bright for the Bulldogs. This freshman recorded five goals and nine assists.
Reece Ward, Gibault. Another freshman makes the list. Ward showed star potential for the Hawks, contributing two goals and five assists.
Karleigh Daniels, Waterloo. Another strong defensive player for the Bulldogs, this junior contributed six goals and seven assists.
Karley Kinzinger, Waterloo. Yet another freshman for the Bulldogs, Kinzinger was solid on defense and contributed two goals and two assists.
Mary Gasaway, Columbia. This sophomore recorded eight goals and eight assists for the Eagles.
Ella Bockhorn (Waterloo), Kelly Papenberg (Gibault), Kayla Huels (Gibault), Lauren Roderick (Columbia), Nicole Lindsay (Gibault), Mattea Baumann (Columbia), Maddie Davis (Waterloo), Jacey Baum (Waterloo)