Girls Soccer: Lane’s Jasmin Carrera, Payton’s Corinne Harris among All-Area selectionsSun-Times All-Area girls soccer team: Back Row, left to right: Corey Burns, junior, Loyola; Jennifer Korn, senior, Naperville North; Megan Geldernick, junior, Metea Valley; Christina Ordonez, senior, York and Zoe Swift, junior, Naperville North. Front Row, left to right: Zoey Goralski, junior, Neuqua Valley; Corinne Harris, senior, Payton; Callie O'Donnell, senior, Plainfield North; Jasmin Carrera, junior, Lane; Courtney Raetzman, senior, Conant and Katherine Short, senior, Naperville Central. | Dom Najolia~Sun-Times
Updated: June 2, 2012 6:55PM
First team capsules
Corey Burns, Loyola: The Iowa recruit was the 24-1-1 Ramblers’ best overall player. ‘‘She’s one of the best players in the state regardless of position,’’ coach Craig Snower said. With her speed, toughness and defensive acumen, the Ramblers allowed just five goals and had 22 shutouts.
Jasmin Carrera, Lane: The junior midfielder had 42 goals and 13 assists for the city runner-up that lost to New Trier in a sectional semifinal. She scored five goals against St. Ignatius. Superb footwork, excellent balance.
Megan Geldernick, Metea Valley: She used her size, quickness, timing and agility to post 12 shutouts, including masterpieces against elite offensive teams York and Plainfield North in Class 3A regional championship. She had 77 saves and a 0.59 goals-against average.
Zoey Goralski, Neuqua Valley: A repeat All-Area selection, the UCLA recruit and star forward ‘‘is the best player in the state,’’ one coach said. She is virtually unstoppable in the open field, where she scored 17 goals and added 11 assists for the Wildcats.
Corinne Harris, Payton: Despite missing six games, the Michigan recruit scored 37 goals and contributed 15 assists for the Grizzlies. She has great field vision, toughness and agility. ‘‘She’s the best I’ve ever seen in person,’’ Northside coach Robert Albritton said. ‘‘It’s great such an elite player can come out of the city.’’
Jen Korn, Naperville North: After a two-year absence playing club ball, the Northwestern recruit solidified the top-ranked Huskies’ backline with her tackling skills and disruptive abilities. Her powerful leg makes her dangerous on free kicks.
Callie O’Donnell, Plainfield North: The two-time All-Area member and UW-Milwaukee recruit ended her remarkable career as the greatest player in Tigers history. Plainfield North was unbeaten in conference in her four-year career (44-0). This year she notched 29 goals with 20 assists.
Christina Ordonez, York: A powerful combo of size, skill and physical toughness, the Michigan recruit is one of the most dominating offensive players in state history. As a senior, she recorded 35 goals and eight assists for the 20-5 Dukes. She finished her career with 116 goals.
Courtney Raetzman, Conant: The 2012 Sun-Times Player of the Year is a repeat first-team selection. Despite being marked by every team she faced, she scored 28 goals and contributed six assists for the MSL West co-winners. ‘‘She sure is an exciting player to watch,’’ Schaumburg coach Greg Charvat said.
Katherine Short, Naperville Central: The senior was the offensive catalyst for the 20-2-2 Redhawks. She was responsible for half of the team’s goals, scoring 12 and adding 11 assists.
Zoe Swift, Naperville North: The junior, the top-ranked Huskies’ leading scorer, combines speed, agility and quickness into a devastating offensive package. Heading into the Class 3A state semifinals, she scored 23 goals and added six assists. ‘‘All 11 [opposing players] have to be aware of where she is on the field,’’ Naperville Central coach Ed Watson said.