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Notre Dame soccer’s Mya Schaffar, Maya Thebeau named C3 All-State

Notre Dame junior midfielder Maya Shaffar was named to the Class 3 All-State Second Team. Photo by Nick McNeal

This spring was a historic season for the Notre Dame girls soccer team as the Bulldogs broke their five-year district championship by claiming the Class 3 District 1 title.

Even though Notre Dame fell short of reaching the state final four after falling to the eventual state champions Cor Jesu, the team was still rightfully honored by the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Not one but two Bulldogs garnered Class 3 All-State honors as junior midfielder Mya Shaffar was named second team all-state. Offensively, Shaffar recorded 14 points off five goals and four assists while helping the defense pitch 12 shutouts.

“To be named all-state truly means a lot to me,” Shaffar said. “To be able to represent such an amazing team is such an honor.”

Earning all-state honors for the first time along with Shaffar was sophomore forward Maya Thebeau as she was named to honorable mention all-state. Thebeau was far and away Notre Dame’s leading scorer with 55 as she notched a team-high 23 goals and also dished out nine assists.

“Maya is an extremely talented player and a great teammate,” Shaffar said. “We have a lot of fun, and I love playing with her. She works hard and always gives all her effort. Seeing this in games and at practice pushes me to be better, and hopefully I do the same for her.”

As a team, the Bulldogs shutout each opponent in this year’s Class 3 District 1 Tournament by a combined total of 18-0. Notre Dame (15-7) also nearly won the SEMO Conference Championship with a record of 6-1, having only fallen to Jackson (17-4) by a score of 2-1 in double overtime.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be a part of,” Shaffar said. “Our team is full of great players that are even better people. To win districts with a team I love makes me so proud and it gives a great sense of accomplishment for all the hours of work we put into the season. It is a great memory that I get to share with my best friends.”

Looking ahead to next spring, Notre Dame will also bring back fellow all-conference and all-district selections junior forward Addison Clippard and sophomore defender Lolah Wunderlich. Junior defender Skylar Craft, who was named all-district, is also set to return.

“Building off of this season, I want to work even harder to make it even further next season,” Shaffar said. “I hope to take the success from this season and carry it on to next season. I learned so much from our seniors Vita [Galati] and Rylee [Britton]. They showed me how to be a real team leader.

“Entering my senior season, I want to be a genuine leader for my team. I think the most important thing to me about this season was I truly had so much fun. I learned even if I’m having a bad practice or game there is still so much joy to be found. I hope my last season is an equal mix of hard work, success and fun.”

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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