Colleen McIlvenna, Madeira, will represent The Summit Country Day School in the sixth annual girls’ high school all-American game on Dec. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
The senior is one of 40 players nationwide, one of four players from Ohio and one of two players from the Cincinnati area.
Colleen is the second player from The Summit to play in the all-American game. Mimi Stines ’18 played last year. Mimi is a goalkeeper for the University of Dayton womens’ soccer team.
“This validates the work I have put in and is the result of my teammates pushing me to become the player I hope to be. My high school and club coaches and teammates have all shaped me as a player.” Colleen said. “I give credit to them because soccer is not an individual sport. This accomplishment is because of the entire team. I am proud to represent Summit.”
All players selected are seniors who have finished their high school careers and represent their high school teams during their fall season. The players, who have been selected, have received regional and national awards, and will attend some of the top universities in America.
Colleen had an accomplished career at The Summit. In 2015, she was a freshman starter on a state championship team, amassing 29 points (10 goals, nine assists). She scored the game-clinching goal in the state semifinal match, one of three game-winners she had that season.
In 2016 and 2017, she recorded double-digit goals, 13 and 19, respectively. She combined for 21 assists in those two seasons, too. A slew of all-league and all-academic team selections followed her on-field prowess.
In her senior season, Colleen made it clear that not many goalkeepers would stop her. She poured in 29 goals and tallied nine assists for total of 67 points.
In addition to her first-team all-league, all-Southwest Ohio academic team, all-Southwest Ohio and all-Ohio academic team selections, she was first-team all-Ohio and an all-Region performer.
Colleen, who signed to play soccer at the University of Tennessee next fall, leaves the program as its leader in games played (87), goals (71), points (181) and game-winning goals (23). She plans to study business during her time in Knoxville.
"The thing that strikes me most about Colleen is her humility. She truly epitomizes what it means to be a teammate,” Mr. Fee said. “Any accolades that went her way are quickly turned into praise of her teammates and their role in victories. She is one of the first seniors to validate the actions of another player. She did these things while still bearing the burden of knowing she had to score to enable us to win games. I am excited to know that she will be playing one final time representing The Summit."