Mara Keomanivane couldn’t believe that her four-year college soccer career at Stetson University came to an end on Nov. 6.
“I felt like it was yesterday that I had my first preseason and I didn’t know what to expect,” the former Granite City soccer standout said. “I was scared going in. It was so different. Now I’m a senior and I’m done with my career. It’s been successful. I was the captain of my team for the past two years. It’s been an incredible experience.”
Keomanivane turned in a successful career at the NCAA Division I school in De Land, Fla., finishing with nine goals and 13 assists in 72 matches played. This year, she led the Hatters in assists with seven.
“I’m going to miss it for sure,” said Keomanivane, who plans to graduate from Stetson with a bachelor’s degree in biology in May. “It’s more sad than happy because it (soccer) has always been a big part of my life that I’ve been so passionate about.”
Keomanivane graduated from GCHS in 2012. The year before, she helped the Warriors win their first state championship as a junior. She earned all-Southwestern Conference honors three times and earned all-state honors in her senior year.
Keomanivane, who plays midfield and forward, is the third Granite City player to play for the Stetson women’s soccer program. The others are Tessa Gavilsky and Kaisi Hartwick.
Gavilsky played from 2007-2010 and Hartwick played from 2009-2012.
When she was a freshman, Keomanivane played in all 17 games and started in 16 of them. She earned second-team all-Atlantic Sun Conference honors in her junior year.
This fall, the 5-foot Keomanivane helped the Hatters finish 10-8-1. Her last game was on Nov. 6, when Stetson lost to Florida Gulf Coast 5-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
Paige Luehmann, another member from the 2011 Granite City state championship girls’ soccer team, also ended her college soccer career this fall at Southeast Missouri State.
Luehmann played all four years with the Redhawks soccer team.
Luehmann, a defender, finished with three assists and helped SEMO reach the Ohio Valley Conference championship match. The Redhawks lost to Murray State 1-0 in the title match on Nov. 8, making it Luehmann’s final game of her college soccer career.
When she was a freshman, Luehmann was named to the OVC All-Newcomer team. She earned OVC all-tournament honors in her junior season.
Halle Schroeder, who also played on the state championship team in 2011, turned in a solid season at William Woods this fall. She was selected to the honorable mention team of the all-American Midwest Conference women’s soccer team after having seven goals and four assists in five games. Schroeder finished with nine goals and eight assists.
Schroeder played in her first full season at William Woods after redshirting last year.
“Halle has been a big contributor to our team and comes with a smile and energy to the field,” William Woods coach Randy Hall said. “She’s been a nice addition to our program from Lewis and Clark Community College and she’s making a great contribution to the program.”