Swanson, who missed her freshman season with a torn ACL, never envisioned leading the Trojans to the heights they reached. Prior to last year Downers Grove North had won just one regional title.
“Sophomore year it was just about being out there playing with your friends,” Swanson said.“This year everyone saw us coming. One of our mottos was ‘Embrace the target.’”
The Trojans did just that as Swanson helped them meet all challenges. But she humbly shrugs off praise.
“The girls on the team, they make me who I am,” Swanson said. “The goals that I score are coming from the passes that are given to me and the coaches who taught me.”
The articulate Swanson, an honors student and aspiring nurse, leaves North as the most decorated female soccer player in school history.
“It’s cliché, but it kind of means the world to me, not in the sense of the awards or the titles, but the team success,” Swanson said. “I wouldn’t be [successful] without the players around me. Same thing in the classroom with the teachers who taught me.
“It’s the village that builds you up. It sets my values. It worked out pretty well.”