Prep Girls Soccer

Peters, Raiders bookend school year with remarkable success

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 26, 2018 10:35 pm

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- No matter which direction Hannah Peters turned, someone wanted to take her picture, be it showing off her state championship medal or posing with her teammates.

She smiled for every single one.

"I've definitely been successful in high school," Peters said. "So lucky."

Luck had nothing to do with it. Dogged determination mixed with athletic ability and experience made what Peters accomplished so special. She bookended her final year at QND with state championship appearances. As the libero on the volleyball team, she helped the Raiders reach the Class 2A state title match before losing to Champaign St. Thomas More in three sets.

She was a double-digit goal scorer this spring for the QND girls soccer team, which completed a run of back-to-back Class 1A state championships by beating Winnetka North Shore Country Day 5-1 Saturday night at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

She arguably saved her best for last.

Her persistence led to the first goal, which gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead at halftime. Her patience and power led to the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute as she beat a defender to the endline and crossed a pass to the goal mouth, where Izzie Anderson drove it into the net.

It changed the complexion of the game. The Raiders scored three more times and became one of the highest scoring teams in state history.

"The things that she did showed other kids how to do things," QND coach Mark Longo said. "Her runs, her work ethic did a lot for us."

She wasn't alone in that regard. The four seniors -- Peters, midfielder Olivia Dreyer, defender Molly Penn and forward Beth Eversman -- are the second senior class in program history to win back-to-back titles and finished with the most victories in back-to-back years with 50.

The Raiders' record the last two years is 50-4-3.

"We knew people were looking up to us and expected us to be leaders," Peters said. "If we weren't leaders, we weren't going to do well as a team."

They did more than lead. They produced.

Dreyer, named an all-stater by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association, led the Raiders with 25 goals and 13 assists. Peters had 20 goals and 13 assists, while Eversman had six goals and an assist in a reserve role after missing last season with a knee injury. Penn was a central figure on a defense that set the school record with 22 shutouts.

They each had a hand in making a state championship possible.

"We have the most experience and needed to show that," Peters said. "We had to show the way."

Having accomplished such grand things made the seniors, especially Peters, soak in the celebratory atmosphere that reigned outside the stadium.

She took all the time she needed to hold on to every memory before walking away.

"I went out the best way possible," Peters said. "I couldn't be happier honestly."