The girls' soccer season ended with the coronation of three state champions: Quincy Notre Dame (Class 1A), St. Francis (Class 2A) and Naperville North (Class 3A).
The Sun-Times also published its all-area team (restricted, by the way, to players in the paper's coverage area). Conant's Kentucky-bound Courtney Raetzman, the player of the year, keyed the list. For the first time in memory, it featured two players from the Public League.
Needless to say, as comprehensive and painstakingly put together as those teams were, a lot of good, even arguably great players, were left off. Here's a quick recap of the original list.
All-area first team, alphabetical:
Corey Burns, Loyola defender; Jasmin Carrera, Lane midfielder; Megan Geldernick, Metea Valley keeper; Zoey Goralski, Neuqua Valley forward; Corinne Harris, Payton midfielder; Jen Korn, Naperville North defender; Callie O'Donnell, Plainfield North forward; Courtney Raetzman, Conant forward; Katherine Short, Naperville Central midfielder; Zoe Swift, Naperville North forward.
April Cronin, Glenbrook South forward; Gianna Dal Pozzo, Neuqua Valley midfielder; Jill D'Amico, Naperville Central keeper; Sarrah Ludwig, Downers South forward; Courtney McHugh, York midfielder; Katie Naughton, Elk Grove defender; Molly Pfeiffer, Barrington forward; Jessica Pikul, Downers South defender; Crystal Thomas, Wheaton Academy forward; Kristina Tomaras, Metea Valley midfielder; Jess Weaver, New Trier midfielder.
Catherine Allon, Geneva midfielder; Rachele Armand, Waubonsie Valley defender; Lexi Cozzi, Lockport forward; Rita Craven, Lincoln-Way North forward; Lucy Edwards, Lake Forest midfielder/defender; Katelyn Hammarlund, St. Viator midfielder; Ashley Handword, Plainfield North forward; Lauren Koehl, St. Charles North forward; Aly Marzonie, New Trier defender; Rachele Armand, Waubonsie Valley defender; Maggie Orlowski, Lyons keeper; Jenna Romano, Waubonsie Valley midfielder.
There were more great players than available slots. With that in mind, here's a list of players who excelled this year and deserve special mention, for their personal accomplishments, often done in the context of a team. Unlike the all-area teams, the final groupings are not naturally uniform, and have an uneven number of names.
Forwards: Ellie Ackermann, Barrington; Abbie Boswell, Naperville North; Mia Espino, Young; Ali Farkos, Homewood-Flossmoor; Eleni Haramaras, Glenbrook South; Amanda Kellow, Deerfield; Amanda Lulek, Geneva; Unique Manns, Lincoln-Way North; Lexi Peterson, WW South; Rachel Post, Lincoln-Way Central; Lauren Shroyer, Hinsdale Central; Meeghan Smith, Loyola; Savanah Uveges, South Elgin; Margaret Walker, Loyola; Kelli Zickert, Buffalo Grove.
Midfielders: Bryce Banuelos, York; Jessica Bean, Lincoln-Way North; Flo Beshiri, Downers South; Jamei Borges, Benet; Jessica Bronke, Downers South; Cora Climo, Naperville North; Sara Condon, Barrington; Ali Cottrell, Maine South; Hope D'Addario, Neuqua Valley; Veronica Ellis, Naperville Central; Amanda Gaggioli, St. Francis; Heather Handwork, Plainfield North; Tori Iatarola, Loyola; Kelli Iovino, Prospect; Briana Keska, Morton; Kelly Manski, St. Charles North; Morgan Manzke, Sandburg; Sarah Mazur, Lyons; Meredith McEniff, Naperville Central; Carolyn Nash, Glenbrook South; Sofia Pavon, Lane; Rachel Shellenback, New Trier; Cassidy Sherman, Jacobs; Abby Shipp, Lake Forest; Christina Szalach, Naperville North; Kelly Trojak, Lemont; Jenna Weiner, Stevenson; Natalie Winkates, St. Charles North.
Defenders: Amanda Alberts, Naperville Central; Emily Basten, Fremd; Kelsey Foss, Conant; Marina Katz, Lake Forest; Ari Kowalski, Lyons; Samantha Frank, Barrington; Audrey Galvin, Fenwick; Sarah McHugh, Carmel; Keeley Nolan, Glenbrook South; Emma Peele, Andrew; Kayla Sharples, Naperville North; Olivia Stasiuk, Hersey
Keepers: Michelle Balcerzak, Lincoln-Way North; Carly Dietrich, St. Charles North; Jenna Ditusa, St. Francis; Veronica Fairbairn, Glenbard East; Cassidy Hermann, Downers South; Allison Hitchcock, Naperville North; Rachel Hobert, Young; Paige Lincicum, Cary-Grove; Hannah Luedtke, Barrington; Eileen McTigue, Prospect; Brittany San Roman, Loyola;