Sara E. Merker
Athlete, Soccer, 2007-2008
Merker quickly helped put Waubonsee women’s soccer in the national conversation for the first time ever when she sparked the Chiefs’ soccer program to its first winning season in 2007. She was named to the All-Region IV First Team and the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference First Team, and was tied for ninth nationally among all NJCAA Division I players with a school record 24 goals. She finished with 54 points on the season, tying her for 14th nationally in that category. At the same time she was helping lift up the women’s soccer program, Merker also assisted the Chiefs’ Cross Country team. With Merker as the squad’s fifth runner, the team ran off with the ISCC title and the Region IV crown, eventually finishing 31st at the NJCAA Division I National Championship Meet.
Sara E. Merker
The following year Merker delivered again by booking 21 goals and a dozen assists while leading the Chiefs to their first ever ISCC title and NJCAA Region IV crown. Merker was tabbed the ISCC and Region IV Player of the Year, a pair of firsts for Waubonsee women’s soccer. Her 54 points again placed her in the top-20 nationally and she was selected as the NJCAA’s Division I Offensive Player of the Week midway through the season. Merker’s accomplishments were fully recognized when she was named to the 2008 NJCAA Division I All-American squad as an Honorable Mention selection. Although Waubonsee lost in the NJCAA District ‘D’ finale, the team established 13 program records. Individually, Merker established a pair of Waubonsee career scoring records with two-year totals of 45 goals and 108 points. As if all of that was not enough already, Merker also earned All-ISCC and All-Region status simultaneously for the Cross Country team that fall, helping them to again win the ISCC and Region IV titles and advance to the NJCAA Division I National Meet. Merker was the runaway winner of Waubonsee’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2008-2009.