Charleston Senior Megan Hjort will go on to play soccer at the collegiate level, signing her letter of intent to play for Kaskaskia College. Hjort joins a program that finished 25th in the NCJAA rankings, going 14-4 last season.
She is he second Lady Trojan to attend Kaskaskia in as many years. A 2010 Charleston graduate, Kristen Elsila, played there as well after her high school career was finished. Kaskaskia has Coles County ties, also grabbing Chelsea Kirkley from Mattoon in 2010 as well.
“A lot of former players went there, and my friends told me about it,” said Hjort. “I had a lot of time to think about it, and it came at a good time. I believe it’s a good choice.”
Playing since her freshman year, Hjort is a two time Herald & Review All-Area First Team selection and a 2012 IHSSCA All-Sectional recipient.
Hjort scored two goals her freshman year coming off the bench. In her sophomore season she landed a starting spot, finishing with 21 goals and eight assists for a team that tied the school record in wins.
Last year, the team captured a regional title, going 15-5-1. Hjort missed four games with an ankle injury but was one goal behind Madi Fisher to be the leading goal scorer, finishing with stats of 16 goals and five assists.
For her career, Hjort ranks fifth all time in goals scored with 39. She trails Bobby Jo Buchar by two for fourth place, Alex Singler by six for third place and is 14 goals behind Holly Wholtman for second place on the list.
“Charleston always has a good team,” said Kaskaskia coach Joe Basch, now entering his sixth season. “They seem to never have bad years. Megan is so versatile. She is probably as versatile as any player on any spots of the field.”
“I’m not surprised she will be playing soccer at the college level,” said Charleston coach Paul Stranz. “She has had the capability for a couple of years now. She is talented, works hard, and is a very versatile player.”
Pictured are (seated) - Carol Hjort, Megan Hjort, and KC Coach Joe Basch. In back is AD Jim Wood and Coach Paul Stranz.