Edwardsville’s historic football season ends with Super Season

Despite a 2–0 loss to Metea Valley in the Class 3A Normal West Super-Sectional, it was a historic season for Edwardsville’s women’s football program.

“Seeing where the season started and where it ended was great,” said EHS coach Abby Federmann.

Less than a month into the season, the Tigers were 3-7, including a three-week stretch of 1-6.

EHS bounced back from that and went on a 12-2 trip for the rest of the season to finish 15-9.

“The trend of the season has been not to worry about what has already happened, but about what else can happen,” said Abby Federmann.

One of those victories came against the reigning 3A state champion O’Fallon Panthers in the semi-finals of the normal community section. The Tigers won 2-0 thanks to goals from junior forward Olivia Buck.

At the time, O’Fallon won four straight wins at EHS, with Abby Federmann calling the win “our state”.

It was only the second time that O’Fallon had conceded more than one goal in a game this season.

Four days later, against Normal Community, EHS won their first league title since 2014 with a 5-0 victory. The program also won individual titles in 2004 and 2007.

During this time, Baca was named the United Soccer Coaches/MaxPreps High School Player of the Week from May 23–29 after scoring two goals against the Tigers in the group semi-finals, hitting a natural hat-trick and making an assist in the championship game. . She was one of eight candidates nationwide.

Baka finished the season with 25 goals and six assists for 56 points. She led the team in goals and points, tying Kylie Peele for first in assists. Baca led with five game-winning goals.

It was the most goals the Tigers have scored in a single season since Kaylee Neuzling scored 26 goals in 2008. Katja Hessel scored 27 goals in 2005.

Following their Supersection loss, senior goaltender Caitlin Nani, senior linebacker Payton Federmann, and Baca were selected by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association as all-section candidates.

Nani made 15 saves against O’Fallon in the group semi-finals. She finished the season with 114 saves and a batting average (GAA) of under 1.34. She had eight shutouts in the season en route to a 14-8 record on goal.

Payton of the University of Nebraska-Omaha finished the season with five goals and five assists. She was second on the team with 15 points. Three of her assists came in the postseason.

Mea Hook scored three goals for the season, while Ella Cook, Maisie Hockett and Ulla Sharp each scored two goals.

“It was a blast,” said Abby Federmann. “I love these girls and I will miss all these older people.”

The winning streak came to an end in the super segment as EHS squandered early opportunities. The Tigers landed 12 shots and three shots on goal in the first half against Metea Valley but lost 2-0.

Instead of EHS making the program’s second trip to the state tournament, Metea Valley held its first state tournament, holding on to a 2-0 victory.

“Being able to break into the supersection is an extraordinary feat,” said Abby Federmann. “We peaked at a really great time to get this far.”

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