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Student-Athletes Named Among the Best in the State, Region & Nation

Student-Athletes Named Among the Best in the State, Region & Nation

Following their thrilling victory in the Division III state championship, three players on the Country Day varsity girls soccer team are being recognized for their outstanding performances this past season.

Elizabeth Zimmerman `24 was declared one of the best soccer players in the nation when she was named to the 2023 Fall Girls High School All-America Team by United Soccer Coaches. Zimmerman is the sixth player to be named an All-American under Theresa “Hirsch” Hirschauer, the varsity girls soccer head coach. Along with 1,200 of the best youth, high school, and college players in the nation, Zimmerman will be honored at the All-America ceremony and reception in Anaheim, California in January 2024.

United Soccer Coaches also announced that Zimmerman and Sydney Hardesty `24 were named to the Girls High School All-Central Region Team. This team includes the best players from the midwestern states. This is also the first year that two Nighthawks were named to this regional team since Hirsch has been head coach.

“Ohio is full of incredible soccer players, so this is a pretty cool experience for us to be recognized in this way,” says Hardesty. “This is icing on the cake of an incredible season and the experience of being on this team with these other powerhouse players and women.”

Hardesty, Zimmerman, and Megan Zimmerman `24 round out this year’s awards by receiving All-Ohio Honors for Division III from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. Hardesty and Elizabeth Zimmerman received first-team honors, with Zimmerman being named Player of the Year. Megan Zimmerman received second-team honors.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and leadership of these young women,” says Hirsch. “All three excel in the classroom while also participating in multiple sports for Country Day. Their leadership, along with Piper Farris `24, was the foundation for our team's success. These awards are a culmination of their incredible high school careers, during which they won 75 games with two state championships and a state runner-up.”