The inaugural Midwest All-Star Game, featuring many of the top high-school senior girls soccer players from the metro-east, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Oerter Park.
The event is sponsored by Fire & Ice Soccer Club. Fire & Ice is a semi-professional women’s soccer team that plays in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. The team will play the Kansas City Courage in its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Oerter Park, immediately after the All-Star Game.
Admission to the All-Star Game and the Fire & Ice game is $8 for adults. Kids under 8 will be admitted free.
“This is a reward for the girls,” Fire & Ice coach and general manager Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer said of the All-Star Game. “They’re pumped about it. It’s all about promoting the sport. We’re sponsoring it, but it should have been happening anyway.”
High-school players from the metro-east also will receive their all-sectional and all-state certificates during halftime of the All-Star Game.
The all-stars have been divided into North and South teams. The North team will be led by Collinsville coach Clay Smith; the South will be guided by Mater Dei coach Jesse Essenpreis.
Members of the North team are: Claire Bollinger, Roxana; Ashleigh Briggs, Granite City; Zoe Christopher, Wesclin; Miranda Cunningham, Roxana; Rachel Ford, Wesclin; Shannon Inman, Wood River; Abby Johnson, Highland; Mackenzue Kleinmann, Highland; Mikayla McCarthy, Collinsville; Andra Myers, Civic Memorial; Karissa Pesavento, Staunton; Morgan Sikora, Highland; Taylor Stamper, Roxana; Summer Standefer, CIvic Memorial; Danielle Wilde, Triad.
Members of the South team are: Kara Brockmeyer, Belleville East; Sydnee Carroll, Belleville West; Grace Chiarolanza, Mater Dei; Alyssa Delia, O’Fallon; Kailey Duncan, Triad; Michelle Grotenfendt, Triad; Hope Huelsman, Mater Dei; Lauren Kaempfe, Columbia; Liz Kuerz, Gibault; Madeline Pool, Marion; Kiara Stewart, Mascoutah; Lauren Tolan, Columbia; Taylor Vollmer, Belleville West; Casey Wood, Triad.
Both rosters were chosen by area coaches.
Fire & Ice, meanwhile, is off to a 3-1 start, with all its games being played on the road. The team has defeated Kansas City, Minnesota and Quad City and lost to the Red Star Reserves.
Among the players on the Fire & Ice roster are Kat Roe (Collinsville, Lindenwood Univeristy), Kelsey Dinges (Althoff, Miami-Ohio), Mariah Klenke (Highland, Tennessee-Martin), Megan Pawloski (Althoff, Illinois), Kayla Delgado (Belleville East, SIU Edwardsville), Cassie Kaiping (Waterloo, McKendree University), Alyssa Houck (Freeburg, Southwestern Illinois College), Gayla Foster (Edwardsville, Louisiana-Lafayette) and Mara Keomanivane (Granite City, Stetson).
“Very talented,” Kennedy-Eversmeyer said of her team. “They’re fun to coach, fun to watch. We play very fast-paced. The girls play with tremendous heart. It makes my job easy.
“I think this team is one of the better teams we’ve had in the last three years. Our biggest competition is the Red Star Reserves. We have to get past them.”