CJ DeBra `23 has been named a 2022 Fall High School All-American Athlete by United Soccer Coaches.
"I'm incredibly proud of CJ. She is the fifth player in my career to be named All-American, joining an elite group consisting of Missy Vierling `03, Olivia Brown `17, Lawson Renie `20, and Jada Moorman `22," says head soccer coach and middle school division head Theresa Hirschauer. "Her hard work and dedication are testaments to who CJ is. Over the past four years, her record is 73-7-7, with two state championships, state runner-up, and four conference titles. Her leadership, along with the other three seniors, was the key to our success."
DeBra, who committed to playing soccer next year at Youngstown State, was also named the Ohio Division III Player of the Year by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association as well as All-Region by United Soccer Coaches to represent the Midwest.
"It is such a fantastic accomplishment to be named an All-American, and CJ earned this honor through her hard work and dedication to her sport,” says athletic director and head football coach Dennis Coyle. “CJ is an outstanding soccer player who was instrumental in winning the state championship."
Throughout this year’s Ohio High School Athletics Association (OHSAA) playoff tournament, DeBra, a goalkeeper, shut out every team in the tournament and did not allow a single point to be scored. On November 11, the girls varsity soccer team played Ottawa-Glandorf for the Division III State Championship title and won 1-0.
“My goal from the beginning of the season was to play to the best of my ability; I focus on that more than I focus on the awards. But to be named an All-American exceeded my expectations, and I'm so honored by this award," says DeBra. "The most important thing I learned from playing soccer at Country Day for the past four years is that everyone plays a significant role in everyone else's development as a player. As I go and play soccer in college, I'll take that lesson with me."