In the Nike bracket, Columbia avenged last season’s postseason loss to Althoff with a 2-0 victory on goals from Haley Glover and Kennedy Jones. The Eagles (4-0) also beat Triad, Springfield and Edwardsville to take the title. Glover was named the bracket MVP.
O’Fallon (4-0) won all four of its games in the Adidas bracket, beating Rochester 1-0 in the title game on a first-half goal by Avery Christopher. The Panthers also defeated Mater Dei, Alton and Carbondale. Christopher was named the bracket MVP.
Wesclin (4-0) won the Puma bracket title, shutting out Civic Memorial 2-0 behind goals from Tori Calvert and Galena Stewart. The Warriors also beat Harrisburg, Jerseyville and Mount Vernon. Calvert was named bracket MVP.
ALL-METRO First Team
Goalkeeper: Bailey Redden, senior, Belleville West
Took West to a Class 3A super-sectional, the program’s best postseason showing, the Southeast Missouri signee owned a 17-6-3 record with 14 shutouts.
Defender: Anna Lawler, senior, Summit
All-Metro player of the year, Lawler showed her technical ability all over the pitch in leading Summit to the Class 3 title, which is the program’s first. The Oklahoma State signee (where she did not play and is now at SLU as a sophomore) scored six goals, two for game-winners, and added six assists.
Defender: Hayley Jakovich, senior, Eureka
Followed up their 2017 state title with a third-place Class 4 finish. The Xavier signee was a part of a unit that gave up just 17 goals in front of a new goalkeeper. Jackovich also added eight goals and three assists for the offense.
Defender: Jill Wipke, senior, Lafayette
Team allowed just 13 goals in total and earned 11 wins via shutout. The Arkansas State signee also was productive on the offensive side of the ball as she scored four goals, two of which were game-winners, and added an assist.
Defender: Margaret Lavigne, senior, Nerinx Hall
Defense allowed just 13 goals while shutting out 12 opponents, Lavigne helped shut down nearly all opponents. The Nebraska-Omaha signee even got into the act with the Markers’ offense as she scored two goals, one for a game-winner, and added an assist.
Midfielder: Anna Walsh, junior, Summit
She scored eight goals and added eight assists for the Class 3 champions. Of her eight goals, two counted as game-winning goals.
Midfielder: Emily Groark, senior, Incarnate Word
Team earned second place in Class 3. She led the Red Knights with 22 goals and 11 assists. The University of Colorado signee also tallied nine game-winning goals.
Midfielder: Liesl Whitener, sophomore, Althoff
Whitener was a major factor as the Crusaders finished third in the Class 1A state tournament. She led Althoff with 33 goals and eight assists. Whitener also added five game-winning goals, including one in each of the first three postseason contests.
Forward: Emily Gaebe, freshman, Union
Helped lead the Wildcats to a special season that finished with a program-best fourth-place finish in Class 3. Gaebe’s 63 goals were a school record and the best total for an area player this season. She also added eight assists and her 12 game-winning goals were also among area leaders.
Forward: Kennedy Jones, junior, Columbia
Jones was one of the top offensive threats in the area as she not only scored 51 goals but also added 19 assists for the Eagles during a stellar season. The 12 game-winning goals she scored also put her amongst the top players in the area in that category.
Forward: Gabby Smith, senior, Nerinx Hall
Smith’s 15 goals and 10 assists led the Markers, who only tasted defeat twice. The Butler signee also tallied a team-high five game-winning goals. One of those tallies came in a win over then-defending Class 4 champion Eureka.
Forward: Lily Schnieders, junior, Summit
The firepower behind the offense for the Class 3 state champion, Schnieders scored goals in both state games, including the lone tally in the championship game. Her 23 goals led the Falcons, as did her seven game-winners. She also added seven assists.