Boys Soccer: Elgin Courier-News All-Area team
Updated: November 10, 2012 5:32PM
St. Charles East Junior Forward
Headliner for All-Area unit as Courier-News Player of the Year and one of area’s only two IHSSCA All-State picks. Led area players in points (72) and goals (31), tying for seventh in assists (10). First-team All-UEC River selection helped Saints go from 6-11-2 to 20-3-1, including 5-1-0 River Division title plus win over East Aurora in inaugural UEC Crossover Championship.
Streamwood Junior Midfielder
Area’s other IHSSCA All-State honoree and one of nine non-seniors on that elite 60-player unit. Third-year starter, second-year captain helped regional champ Sabres go 13-8. “One of most dynamic players in state” per coach Matt Polovin, whose superlatives for holding midfielder include “tremendous stamina, strength and work rate; smart decision-maker, excellence at breaking up attacks, vision for entire pitch, comfortable on possession, strong tackler, great maneuverability.”
Dundee-Crown Junior Defender
May be area’s best attacking defender as youngest of three Chargers to earn IHSSCA All-Section 6 status. Third year as starter on defense earned praise from coach Reynaldo Vargas as “key to our defense” that boasted 11 shutouts within 17-4-1 mark that represents school single-season record for wins. All-Fox Valley defender still ranked third on squad in point production with 20 (nine goals/two assists).
Huntley Senior Forward
IHSSCA All-Section 6 selection was tip of Red Raiders offensive spear and No. 5 point producer in area with 55, ranking third in goals (24) and 12th for assists (seven). All-Fox Valley pick for regional champs that posted 17-7-1 ledger set school single-season records for points and goals and leaves Huntley as school’s all-time career goal scorer.
Genoa-Kingston Senior Forward
Second straight year on All-Area unit, second consecutive season as IHSSCA All-Section choice, and encore unanimous All-Big Northern Conference pick. Led Cogs to supersectional, losing to eventual fourth-place finisher. Set single-season school record for goals (28) as a junior and third-best yearly total (20) as senior for 15-7-1 squad. Fourth in area for points (58), tied for fifth in goals (20) and runner-up in assists (18); latter figure is second most season total in G-K history.
Larkin Senior Midfielder
Could Royals have produced an encore to St. Charles East’s lone UEC River Division loss instead of absorbing 8-1 sectional title thumping? Debatable, but no arguing Royals weren’t the same after losing starters, most notably Hernandez. Two-time UEC All-River honoree suffered MCL injury to right knee but still finished 10th in points (32) and tied for eighth in goals (16) for Larkin program that went 15-6-4, including third consecutive appearance in a regional final.
St. Charles East Senior Defender
Tenacity made him defensive equivalent to offensive teammate and Player of Year T.C. Hull. While Saints blessed with rotating keepers, IHSSCA All-Section 3 choice was constant presence and indefatigable marker for East during 20-3-1 campaign that included 12 clean sheets. Saints surrendered 16 goals for season and a mere six over final 11 contests. Coach Paul Jennison described him as leader and “main guy” for back line which lost standout Kevin Heinrich to collar bone injury.
Dundee-Crown Senior Goalkeeper
Labeled by coach Reynaldo Vargas as “one of best goalkeepers to ever play at D-C.” IHSSCA All-Sectional honoree was instrumental in Chargers’ 17-4-1 year ended by powerhouse Barrington. Compiled 11 shutouts, 109 saves and 0.66 goals-against-average in earning All-Fox Valley Conference acclaim.
Larkin Senior Forward
Second of three repeat All-Area players earned All-UEC recognition for third straight year as Royals put together 15-6-4 campaign that included 4-1-1 runner-up UEC River finish to St. Charles East. Veteran coach Ken Hall says “few are better in the state” on offense as evidenced by No. 2 ranking in area for points (66) and goals (26), as well as tie for fourth in assists (14). This year’s goal total breaks his school single-season record of 25 from 2010 season. For last three years, boasts 74 goals, 52 assists and 200 points.
Burlington Central Senior Forward
Provided offensive thrust for yet another winning season for Rockets (17-4-2), including Big Northern Conference East crown. Area’s No. 6 point producer (44) based on seventh-highest goal tally (18). Second year as unanimous All-BNC pick added IHSSCA Honorable Mention All-Section 3 status had team-best four match-winners among team’s 15 goal scorers. “Both strong and fast, his ability to score big goals is what helped the most this season,” coach Mike Gecan said. “The best athlete I have ever coached.”
Burlington Central Senior Defender
Third encore choice from 2011 All-Area unit best described as dark blue-collar for jersey soaked from sweat and hustle is also repeat IHSSCA All-Section pick as well as unanimous All-Big Northern Conference honoree. Battleship-sized anchor for Rockets defense that had eight shutouts during 17-4-2 season and departs after helping account for 21 whitewashes over his career. “One of the greatest defenders in our program’s history, backbone of our backline and a great mentor for younger players,” said eighth-year coach Mike Gecan.