A total of eight North and South soccer players made all-conference, with four coming from each school.
Three Golden Raiders earned first-team all-Fox River Classic Conference, and it was the second year in a row that sophomore defender Erica Herzog did it.
Last season she accomplished the feat as a midfielder, but because there was so many injuries on the defense, Herzog was moved there early in the season.
“She just solidified the defense,” coach Tim Eirich said. “She didn’t allow a single goal in conference from her position.
Junior forwards Abby Reinl and Libby Cleveland also made the first team (Reinl received honorable mention in 2021) after combining to score 39 goals to help North lead the league in scoring for the first time in Eirich’s 20 years.
“Both are very dynamic scorers,” Eirich said. “It’s very hard to shut both of them down. You can try to shut one of them down, but the other one can score, too.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Peyton Baker got honorable mention for the second straight time and is called rock solid by her coach.
“She’s really starting to come into her own,” he said.
After making honorable mention a year ago, senior midfielder Rylee Brotz made the second team.
The Edgewood College recruit was named her squad’s most valuable player, and is called a great athlete by coach Scott Feltner because she also made state in track and field (and cross country).
“The challenge for me as the coach was to I play her on defense, or offense, because wherever she played she was the best player on the field most times,” he said.
Three teammates were also all-conference honorable mention, including senior defender Erin Scholten.
“She was just a rock on our defense, and has been a rock for the past three seasons,” Feltner said. “She’s been the center of our defense and a defensive captain for three years. So we’re really going to miss her.”
Sophomore keeper Lilly Wamser ended up being one of the top-three goalies in the league, state-wise.
“She’s only going to get better, and for her to get honorable mention was also pretty cool,” Feltner said.
Freshman forward Alayna Lloyd contributed by helping replace the scoring of ’21 graduate Halle Boldt.
“A pleasant surprise for me as coach was I had a freshman striker who gave us 13 goals,” Feltner said. “It’s very hard for a freshman to get any sort of all-conference honors. Because all of the coaches in the conference want their players to get that honor, and most of them are putting seniors up. For a freshman, even to get honorable mention, is remarkable.”