Alumni Highlights

Get to know some Strikers Alumni

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Michelle Abrams

High School: Batavia

College/University: Carroll College

Accolades:

All-Area Girls Soccer Team  (High School)

Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference Fall Sports Team

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Michaela Ann Loebel

 High School: Geneva

College/University: Nebraska

Strikers Team: Girls 1995-96

Accolades:

Walk on to earn scholarship in third year at University of Nebraska--D1 School.

Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016; Spring 2015,2019)

Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2018)

Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2019)

Pro contract with Fjardab/Hottur/Leiknir for the 2021

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KK Barr

High School: St. Charles North

College/University: Northwestern University

Accolades:

Academic All Big Ten 2012

Academic All Big Ten 2013

Academic All Big Ten 2014

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Mackenzie Bennett

High School: Geneva High School

College/University: University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Accolades:

2021 United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III Women's Scholar All-America Second Team

First USC Scholar All-American in the 28-year history of the UW-Oshkosh women's soccer program, was among 42 Division III players recognized for their outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom.

All-Region IX First Team honors from the USC after helping UW-Oshkosh compile a 16-2-2 record, capture Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and postseason championships and earn an automatic bid into the Division III national tournament.

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Jonathan Burke

High School: St. Francis College Prep

College/University: Eastern Illinois University (2016-2021)

Drake University (2022)

Chattanooga FC (2023- )

 

Accolades:

Eligible Player in 2022 MLS Super Draft

Invite only FC Cincinnati GK Combine 2022

Midwest Invite Only Pro Combine Goalkeeper of Combine award 2022

Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year (2022)

Missouri Valley Conference First Team All-Conference

Saves per game (4.13), Save percentage (.816) Drake 2022 Season

Invite only combine/trial for Columbus Crew (2022)

Midwest Pro Combine Invite Only December 16-17, 2021

Second in the nation for saves (2021 Spring)

NCAA Summit League Leader in Saves Per Match 6.9 (2021 Spring)

NCAA Summit League Player to Watch 7 & Top-Drawer Player to Watch (2021 Fall)

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Mississippi Brilla Mid-South Division Champions

EIU School Record with Most Shutouts in a Season 6 (2019)

ESPN Top Ten Plays November 30, 2019

NCAA Summit League All Conference Second Team (2019)

Three Time NCAA Summit League Defensive Player of the Week (2018 Sept. 4)

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Ellen (Bartindale) Castellini

High School: St. Charles East

College/University: Notre Dame

 

Accolades:

Three-year Monogram Winner at Notre Dame

2007 Team Captain of the Illinois State ODP Squad

3 x BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection (2009-2012)

Recipient of Notre Dame’s Francis Patrick O’Connor Award

St. Charles East High School, Team Captain (2006 and2007)

No. 4 Ranking in Illinois during Senior season (2007)

All-State Honors from Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun-Times`2007-2008 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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Alison Chesterfield

High School: St. Charles East High School

College: Ferris State University

Accolades:

NCSAA High School All American

NCAA D2 Sweet 16 Appearance

2nd Team All GLIAC

GLIAC Scholar Athlete (3 times)

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Daniel Dominguez

High School: Streamwood High School

College: Dominican University

Accolades:

NACC All Conference (Years 2018 - 2021)

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Alyssa Feulner

High School: St. Charles East High School

College/University: Illinois Wesleyan University

Accolades:

2009 Second Team of College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Squads

2010 Illinois Wesleyan University Team Captain

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David Gorniak

High School: St. Charles North High School

College/University: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Accolades:

UIC Top 25 Soccer Team

Two time Horizon League Conference Champion (UIC’s soccer Conference) 

1 of 32 finalist for the NCAA division one soccer bracket

Chicago Fire Academy

Named Freshman of the tournament in St. Charles North High School Tournament 

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Isabelle “Izzy” Harkleroad

https://www.gochiefs.com/sports/wsoc/2021-22/bios/harkleroad_isabelle_cv87

High School: Geneva High School

College/University: Waubonsee Community College

Accolades:

All-Region First Team

NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American

GK of the year  for NJCAA Division II

Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) Goalie of the Year

Most Valuable Player of the Region IV Division II Tournament

Ranked 4th Nationally in Saves

NJCAA Honors 

Conference Honors

https://www.njcaa.org/sports/wsoc/2021-22/div2/all-americans/index

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James Heidorn

High School: Geneva High School

College/University: Waubonsee Community College / Aurora University

Accolades:

NJCAA 2007 at Waubonsee CC

All Conference 

All Regional 

MVP Award- Conference 

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Amanda Hilton

High School: St. Charles East

College/University: Nebraska

Accolades:

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Maggie Hoscheit-Robinson

https://www.augustana.edu/after-augustana/stories/2014/maggie-hoscheit

High School: St. Charles East High School

College/University: Augustana College

Accolades:

All CCIW Conference (2012, 2013)

All CoSIDA Academic All-American (2012, 2013)

All Midwest Region (2012)

Derek Kosek

Derek Kosek

https://uicflames.com/sports/mens-soccer/roster/derek-kosek/1284

High School: Batavia High School

College/University: University of Illinois-Chicago

Accolades:

2006 All-Horizon League First Team

2006 All-Horizon League First Team Honoree

2006 NSCAA/Adidas Scholar All-North/Central Region Team

Named to Top Drawer Soccer College Team of the Week (9/11/06)

2006 Team Co-Captain for UIC Flames, started all 21 matches as a defender of the nation's top-rated defense, which surrendered just eight goals on the year and posted a UIC-record 13 shutouts.

Member 2007 Chicago Fire

All-State, All-Area and All-Conference recognition in three years of varsity play at Batavia High School, with 17+ wins each year.

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Trae Manny

https://gocards.com/sports/mens-soccer/roster/trae-manny/1652

High School: St. Charles East High School

College/University: University of Louisville

Accolades:

Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the Fall 2005

Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in the Spring 2006

Capital University Letter Winner 2003 and 2004

 

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Mike Novotny

https://eiupanthers.com/sports/mens-soccer/roster/mike-novotny/5623

High School: St. Charles East High School

College/University: Eastern Illinois University (D1)

EIU Accolades:

1st Team All Conference (2017)

2nd Team All Conference (2015, 2016)

Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year (2017)

Summit League Defensive Player of the Week (seven times)

Summit League All Tournament Team (twice)

EIU Senior Male Athlete of the Year (2017-18)

 

Associated Football Club Ann Arbor:

AFCAA Most Valuable Defensive Player (2018)

 

Hartford Athletic:

https://www.hartfordathletic.com/news/2019/12/04/mike-novotny-returning-in-2020/

Eastern Conference Regular Season Champions (2020)

 

Chicago House:

https://www.chicagohouseac.com/roster/michael-novotny

Fans Defensive Player of the Year

League Leader in Saves

Kiara McPherson

Kiara McPherson

https://www.gochiefs.com/sports/wsoc/2021-22/bios/mcpherson_kiara_19en

High School: Aurora West High School

College/University: Waubonsee Community College

Accolades:

All-Region Second Team

All-ISCC First Team

NJCAA Honors 

Conference Honors

https://www.gochiefs.com/sports/wsoc/2021-22/releases/20211210s98pzw

Olivia McPherson

Olivia McPherson

https://www.gochiefs.com/sports/wsoc/2021-22/bios/mcpherson_olivia_vwyq

High School: Aurora West High School

University/College: Waubonsee Community College

https://www.gochiefs.com/sports/wsoc/2021-22/releases/20211210s98pzw

Accolades:

All Region First Team

All-ISCC First Team

NJCAA Honors 

Conference Honors

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Chad Ransom

https://gogusties.com/sports/mens-soccer/roster/chad-ransom/20595

High School: St. Charles East High School

University/College: Gustavus Adolphus College

Accolades:

Varsity, Four Years – Gustavus Adolphus College

All-Area Selection – St. Charles East

Varsity, Two Years – St. Charles East

Mo Smunt

Mo Smunt

https://niuhuskies.com/sports/womens-soccer/roster/mo-smunt/1852

High School: St. Charles East

University/College: Northern Illinois University

Accolades:

First Team All Mid-American Conference (2010)

Academic All Mid-American Team (2010)

Missed just one match (of 75) in four years of play at NIU

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Matt Soper

High School: Geneva

University/College: Marquette University

Accolades:

All-Conference Academic Awards

2006 Marquette D1 Captain

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Adam Spencer

High School: Batavia

University/College: Illinois State University

Accolades:

All-Area Batavia High School

All-Conference Goalkeeper for BHS

Captain for Strikers

Ryleigh Strubler

Ryleigh Strubler

High School: Geneva

University/College: Aurora University

Accolades:

NACC Co-Conference Champions 2019, 2022

NACC Conference Tournament Champions 2022

Morgan Wahlen

Morgan Wahlen

http://www.saubees.com/roster/25/18/20225.php

High School: Batavia High School

College/University: St. Ambrose University

Accolades:

First Team All-CCAC Selection 2021

NAIA Honorable Mention All-American

First Team Conference Selection 2020

Second Team All Conference Honors 2017

http://www.saubees.com/article/5214.php

St. Ambrose is a NAIA Division I college located in Davenport, Iowa, playing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Conference. They give both academic and athletic scholarships which made most of her school paid for.  She was allowed her athletic scholarship to play a fifth year to finish up her Masters and will be graduating in December. Morgan owes her success to the club and her coaches who have trained her over the years.  She worked hard starting her freshmen year to earn a starting midfield position on the team.  She has played defensive mid, outside mid and attacking mid finishing up her soccer career. 

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Collin Waldoch

High School: Geneva High School

College/University: University of Virginia

 

Accolades:

Did not play competitive soccer after Strikers.

Built and Sold a Company: Water Cooler Trivia, Inc.