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High School Girls Soccer: 14 area players garner all-region honors

The 2019 Class 1 through 4 All-Region girls soccer teams were officially released on Friday, with a combined 14 players from Jackson, Notre Dame and Saxony Lutheran named to them.

Two players earned the top honor in their region, as Notre Dame senior Megan Heisserer was named the Class 2 Region 1 Player of the Year for a fourth-straight season. Saxony junior Emma Brune was named the Class 1 Region 1 Player of the Year for the third year in a row.

Heisserer set several career, program highs this season for Notre Dame in points (137), goals (54) and assists (29). She will continue her career at Southeast Missouri State. Brune, who has verbally committed to SEMO, scored a career-high 35 goals and dished out 14 assists.

The Bulldogs (26-1-1), who won the Class 2 State Championship for the second time in three years, had the most players earn all-region. One of them was senior Abby Wilson, who was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Fellow defender and senior Julia Williams also made the all-region team, while senior midfielders Bailey Beussink, Kristen Tarno and Livia Wunderlich were also named.

Notre Dame’s head coach Ryan Schweain was named the Coach of the Year for a third-consecutive season.
Along with Brune, the Crusaders (8-11-1) had a total of five players garner all-region honors as fellow junior midfielder Makayla Mueller was named to the team.

Saxony’s final three all-region selections came on defense in seniors Etty Soto, Cass Wunderlich and junior Audra Steffens.

Jackson (17-3) had three players named to this year’s Class 4 Region 1 team, starting with senior midfielder Mikala Liley and senior forward Natalie Miller, who earned the honor last season.

The final all-region honoree for the Indians was senior defender Taylor Nelson, who has signed to play for Lindenwood.

The all-state teams will be announced this Friday.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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