2022 High School Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, All-Area Team
Women’s soccer in the Peoria area has been paced by Dunlap, Washington and Morton in the Mid-Illini Conference standings, with the three programs combining for 41 wins between them in the 2021-22 season.
Notre Dame finished second in the Big 12 and rounded out the region’s four big teams, all of which faced off in a packed Dunlap section.
The Eagles won a 19-3-3 campaign and the school’s best finish, beating Notre Dame for the section title and reaching the supersection.
These four teams helped fill an all-area Journal Star lineup loaded with talented players.
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Dunlap senior Sammi Cenek is the Journal Star Women’s Football Player of the Year and leads the 11-man first team.
Sammi Cenek, Dunlap
Player of the Year: The senior attacking midfielder provided goals, leadership and experience to help the team achieve the best season in school history. She scored 21 goals, added seven assists and had a hat trick in the second half of the Dunlap Section’s tie against Notre Dame to beat the Irish 3-2.
Cenek became the first player in Dunlap school history to be named to United Soccer’s regional coaching team. She earned first-team all-section honors from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and all-state honors. Cenek also earned all-conference First-Team Mid-Illini honors.
Dunlap named her his team’s MVP and the captain finished her pre-season career with 54 goals and 28 assists.
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Lily Sutter, Dunlap
The senior forward and daughter of former NFL player Ed Sutter scored 17 goals and added eight assists for Dunlap’s 19-3-3 team. A team captain, she earned Mid-Illini Conference first-team honors, IHSSCA all-section honors, and all-state honors. She leaves her preparation career with 41 goals and 24 assists for the Eagles.
Kayley Carew, Notre Dame
The senior central midfielder had 12 goals and five assists in 19 games for a 14-9-1 Irish side that finished second in the Big 12 conference with an 8-1-0 record. She earned First Team Big 12 Conference honors and IHSSCA All Section honors.
Hanna Ellaicy, Dunlap
The senior defenseman and team captain was a solid stopper and distributor who earned IHSSCA all-section honors and Mid-Illini Conference first-team honors.
Claire Girard, Notre Dame
The junior central midfielder had 14 goals and 12 assists in 20 games for a Notre Dame side that lost a close section title game to Dunlap, 3-2. His season has been cut short for the past two weeks by injury. She earned first-team Big 12 conference honors and was chosen as an honorable mention for the IHSSCA All-Sections team.
McKenna Shilevinatz, Richwoods
The junior midfielder had 15 goals and two assists for a Richwoods side that went 16-9-1 overall and 7-2-1 for fourth place in the Big 12. They won Big 12 Conference First-Team Honors and IHSSCA All-Chapter Honors.
Alex Jensen, Dunlap
The second-year guard has taken on a starting role for a top team that has reached the supersections. Along the way, she had 11 shutouts and showed quick hand and strong foot skills to earn Mid-Illini Conference First-Team honors and IHSSCA All-Sectional team honors.
Ellie Livengood, Washington
The senior defender was a first-team pick in the Mid-Illini Conference and also earned IHSSCA All-Chapter honors. She has scored seven goals from the centre-back position.
Sophie Davila, Morton
The dynamic freshman scored 16 goals and added 18 assists for a deep Morton team that went 11-6-3 overall and 6-1-0 in conference to finish second in the Mid-Illini Conference. She had 33 best shots on goal, earned Mid-Illini Conference first-team honors, and was one of only three Peoria-area freshmen to be an all-section selection. the IHSSCA.
Meredith Oliver, Notre Dame
The junior centre-back was a workhorse on the back line, moved the ball well and stopped attacks. Strong, aggressive defensive player who earned First Team Big 12 Conference honors and was selected to all IHSSCA Sections.
Jenna Kinney, Washington
The senior forward scored 12 goals and added five assists for a Washington team that went 11-8-4 overall and finished third in the Mid-Illini Conference run at 5-1-1 . Kinney earned First-Team Mid-Illini honors and earned a spot on the IHSSCA All-Sectional Team.
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* – denotes IHSSCA All-Sectional First Team; x-IHSSCA honorable mention all sections
*Zoe Kormah, Beijing, first striker
*Paige Griffin, Morton, senior defender
*Kaitlyn Johnson, Peoria Christian, senior defender
*Addison Lefler, Richwoods, freshman midfielder (5g, 8y, 25 games)
Abbie Gleason, Dunlap, second midfielder (4g, 2a)
*Addie Jennetten, Notre Dame, junior goaltender (1.30 gaa)
*Bella Sims, Limestone, second midfielder (14g, 5y, 10 games)
Addie Dea, Morton, freshman midfielder (13g, 5y in 16 games)
x-Johanna Miller, Washington, junior midfielder
x-Jenna Samp, Morton, senior striker (8 goals, 7 assists, 17 games)
Devyn Davis, Dunlap, freshman defenseman (6g, 9a)
Jackie Contreras, Richwoods, second-year midfielder; Arlie Akers, Morton, second-year midfielder; second-year midfielder Elly Bare, Notre Dame; Riley Anderson, Dunlap, junior centre-back; Chandler Fassett, Dunlap, senior striker; Maya Duncan, Metamora, second year; *Micaela Pollizze, Peoria Christian, senior midfielder; x-Tory Palmer, Washington, senior guard; Ellen Dahlquist, Notre Dame, second-year midfielder; Paige Miller, Washington, second center back; Jenna Horst, Notre Dame, senior midfielder
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star’s sports columnist and covers men’s basketball for Bradley, the Rivermen and the Chiefs. He writes the sports column Cleve In The Eve for pjstar.com. Contact him at 686-3206 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.