2018 Girls Soccer Finalists
A dynamic attacking force, Welker’s play led the Indians to a historic season and a first-ever trip to state. She used her pace, first touch and high soccer IQ to finish with 21 goals and 19 assists, earning a Class 4 First Team All-State nod as well as all-district -conference and -region honors. After four years as a varsity starter for Jackson, Welker will continue her career at Southeast Missouri State. It is her second Semoball Awards nomination.
After a serious knee injury postponed Liley’s varsity debut until her junior year, her introduction to the fold should not be overlooked as a major reason the Indians accomplished things this spring they never had before. As a midfielder and center back, Liley was charged with directing play in the middle of the field, filling the stat sheet as well with 17 goals and 12 assists. She earned postseason recognition at every level, including Class 4 Second Team All-State.
Notre Dame, Junior
A familiar face at the Semoball Awards, this is Heisserer's third finalist selection, including winning Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2017. Despite dealing with an early-season injury, Heisserer somehow built on her already record-setting numbers this year, as she broke her own single-season goal-scoring record with 37 successful strikes, and added 12 assists. In the process, she became Notre Dame’s all-time goal-scoring leader and was named the Class 2 All-State Co-Offensive Player of the Year while helping the Bulldogs to a Class 2 runner-up finish.
Saxony Lutheran, Sophomore
The younger sister of 2016 Semoball Awards Girls Soccer Player of the Year Maddie Brune, the Saxony Lutheran attacker already has an impressive resume, this spring earning her second straight nod as Class 1 All-State Co-Player of the Year. Despite missing some time early in the season due to injury, Brune posted big numbers, finishing with 30 goals and 20 assists; 12 of her goals came against teams ranked in the top 10.
St. Vincent, Senior
Already a known quantity, Carroll was the attacking spark for an Indians side that won a second straight Class state title. Using her speed, low center of gravity and ball control, Carroll led the area in counting stats, finishing with 33 goals and 24 assists while earning the title of Class 1 All-State Co-Player of the Year, alongside Brune. The all-conference, -district and -region pick was also a key senior leader for St. Vincent, helping her team fill gaps in both the midfield and at forward.