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High School Girls Soccer: Area teams combine for 10 all-state selections

(New information has been added from print version of this story.)

Cape Notre Dame, Jackson and Saxony Lutheran’s girls soccer teams each had multiple players selected to this year’s all-state teams.

Notre Dame and Saxony tied for the most with four apiece as Jackson came away with two selections.

The Bulldogs, who won their second state championship in three years and went 26-1-1 overall, had senior forward Megan Heisserer named as the Class 2 Player of the Year. This is the second time Heisserer has earned the honor, who recorded a team-high 137 points with 54 goals and 29 assists this season.

Also earning first team all-state honors with Heisserer was senior defender Abby Wilson, who has earned the honor the last two seasons as well. Heisserer finishes her career as a four-time first team all-state selection.

The final players for Notre Dame named all-state were senior midfielder Kristen Tarno (second team) and senior defender Julia Williams (honorable mention).

Three of these Bulldogs will continue their careers in college as Heisserer signed with Southeast Missouri State and Tarno inked with Central Methodist. Wilson recently committed to play at William Woods.

Saxony failed to finish in the top five Class 1 rankings, but junior midfielder Emma Brune became the first Crusader to ever be named Player of the Year three times in any sport. The SEMO commit did so by recording a team-high 84 points as she scored a career-high 35 goals and dished out 14 assists.

Fellow junior midfielder Makayla Mueller was also named first team all-state with Brune, while senior defenders Etty Soto and Cass Wunderlich were selected to the second team.

Jackson, which won its third-straight Class 4 District 1 Championship this season, saw senior midfielder Mikala Liley earn first team all-state honors. She finished this season with career highs in both goals (20) and assists (16).

Senior forward Natalie Miller was named second team all-state. She scored a career-high 24 goals and tied her career-high assists with 10 this season.

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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