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Girls Soccer: Michigan State recruit Gia Wahlberg breaks St. Charles North scoring record

North Stars celebrate Senior Night with 9-0 win over Streamwood

ST. CHARLES – About a year ago, St. Charles North coach Brian Harks asked Gia Wahlberg if she had any care regarding her individual stats.

"She looked at me and said: 'No,'" Harks recalled. "I think that's a really good testament to the type of player she is. She is a team-first player the entire way."

Wahlberg, a Michigan State commit, is now the program's all-time leading goal scorer, securing her 75th goal last Saturday. She had no idea, though, until after the conclusion of the game.

Wahlberg recalls scoring the goal in the first 10 minutes of the first half of Saturday's match. It was a through ball that bounced over the defender's head and Wahlberg took care of the rest. She now reigns atop the SCN history books.

"It sounds good," Wahlberg said. "This is a top school for sports, so I'm definitely proud [and] honored to be in the books."

Though, she followed up to say "On to the next one for the team".

The North Stars won the Tournament of Champions in Iowa last weekend.

Wahlberg bested SCN alum's Leah DeMoss' previous standing record of 74 goals – a mark that stood for eight years.

Wahlberg is a four-year varsity player and verbally committed to Michigan State her sophomore year. She is going to pursue a biology degree and hopefully work somewhere in the medical field.

St. Charles North defeated Streamwood 9-0 on Tuesday's senior night, which recognized seven seniors for their accomplishments within the program.

During the halftime ceremony honoring the seniors, Wahlberg walked out onto the field with her parents.

"I was thinking about how they've never missed any of my games," Wahlberg said. "Constant support, [and] keeping me humble, teaching me not necessarily about soccer, but how to be a good player."

Her sister, CiCi, is a junior and has played on varsity with her for two years.

"Growing up, she's always pushed me so much, just in any backyard game," CiCi Wahlberg said. "She's helped me shape into the player I've become."

What will that be like when she moves on?

"It's gonna be very different," CiCi Wahlberg said. "I can't even imagine what the household is gonna like without her. It's going to be so weird without her. It's awesome that's she's going to Michigan State. She's gonna fit in great there and just strive."

The seven seniors honored: Wahlberg, Hailey Rydberg, who is committed to play soccer at Iowa; Bella Falco, who is committed to play soccer at University of Wisconsin Whitewater; Jordan Karom, who will continue her academic studies at the University of Alabama; Dmi Petrusha, who is committed to play soccer at Vermont; Cassidy Joyce, who will play soccer at the Minnesota State University-Mankato; and, Nathalie Grier, who will continue her academic studies at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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