Lindsey Fencel, left, and Caroline Hoefert
After years of competition, Civic Memorial’s Lindsey Fencel and Marquette Catholic’s Caroline Hoefert will join forces next fall on the girls soccer team at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
“It’s always good to get talented local players like Hoefert and Fencel,” SIUE women’s soccer coach Derek Burton said. “In our case, we got two of the best players around, too, and we’re looking forward to working with them and getting them ready for college.”
AdVantage News’ co-athletes of the year were two of the area’s top scorers, both scoring close to 30 goals this season. But it was Marquette that finished Civic Memorial’s season this year in the regional championship, ending the Eagles’ season at 8-7.
“We have played on the same teams during the summer,” Fencel said of Hoefert. “But now we have the chance to play together during the regular season, and I’m really interested to see what we can do next year.”
The Explorers ended their season at 18-1-6 to Rochester in the sectional championship in May. During her time at Marquette, Hoefert has helped her team to four regional championships, three sectional championships and the state championship her junior year.
Along with senior goaltender Abby Porter and junior Kate Sanfillipo, Hoefert was part of a deadly threesome that dominated the South Central Conference this season, and all of Hoefert’s high school years prior.
“I have been really lucky to be on the teams I have been on at Marquette,” Hoefert said. “We have a lot of talent over the past few years and I am just glad to have been a part of it.”
But in Fencel’s case, it doesn’t always take a championship team to be a standout. Though her team finished one win shy of a losing record, she didn’t let the competition get the best of her.
In scoring this season, Fencel led southwestern Illinois and was second-best in the St. Louis area. This spring she broke her school’s record for the most goals scored in a game and season, and she excelled during the winter, when the senior guard shined for the 31-3 Eagles basketball team. Fencel established school career records in steals and assists on the hardwood as well.
Hoefert and Fencel will move to Edwardsville this July, and though each admits they are a little nervous about starting school, both should have no problem adjusting to the life of a Cougar soccer player.