Chicago Sun-Times
By Patrick Z. McGavin

November 2012 Archives

To some extent, the boys' soccer season that just ended was about maintaining the status quo. The three teams expected to dominate this year, Warren, Naperville Central and Morton, opened and closed the season ranked in the top three.

Warren beat Naperville Central 2-1 in double-overtime for the Class 3A state title.

By contrast, the all-area team, published on the weekend of the state final, reflected the parity. Sure, the stars of Warren, Naperville Central and Morton, respectively, headlined the first team. Just like with the girls' team announced last spring, there were more great players than available slots.

Here's a follow up list, composed of many players, who were all considered for the all-area team.

Here they are, listed alphabetically by name, with school and class.

Forwards: Albert Arabik, Leyden, fr.; Erik Avalos, Bremen, jr.; Danny Buss, St. Laurence, sr.; Bernie Conley, Hinckley Big-Rock, sr.; Frankie Kocimski, Lyons, jr.; Abel Guzman, Morton, sr.; Omar Guzman, Kelly, sr.; Bryan Long, St. Ignatius, jr.; Spencer Moore, St. Viator, jr.; David Murphy, Naperville Central, Jr.; Patryk Paprocki, Curie, sr.; Mauricio Salgado, Round Lake, sr.

Midfielders: Jack Alberts, Fenwick, sr.; Nestor Ascencio, Streamwood, jr.; Ethan Claes, Barrington, sr.; Cullen Cummings, Downers North, sr.; Eric Diaz, Downers South, sr.; Alberto Eloyza, Buffalo Grove, sr.; Irving Eloiza, Buffalo Grove, sr.; Eduardo Espinoza, Joliet Central, sr.; Kevin Francis, Loyola, sr.; Sergio Fuentes, Lane, jr.; Phillip Gutman, Hinsdale Central, sr.; Nathan Hall, Glenbard West, sr.; Brett Heimerdinger, Lyons, sr.; Sean Kirwan, Warren, sr.; Joe Longhi, Sandburg, sr.; Mike McKune, Cary-Grove, sr.; Brandon Medina, St. Ignatius, sr.; Jared Moelart, Stevenson, sr.; Jackson Owens, St. Viator, sr.; Sam Murdock, Crystal Lake South, jr.; Anthony Parillo, Kaneland, jr.; Jack Patrick, Naperville Central, sr.; Alex Rohder, Sandburg, sr.; Marco Sanchez, St. Ignatius, jr.; Tony Severini, Warren, sr., Craig Scott, Lake Forest Academy, sr.; Mike West, Naperville Central, jr.

Defenders: Connor Allen, Naperville Central, sr.; Jonathan Balthazar, Evanston, sr.; Kyle Clancy, Palatine, sr.; James Colletti, Benet, sr.; Ross Comitor, Stevenson, sr.; Kyle Hamnn, Lemont, sr.; Francisco Moreno, Fenwick, sr.; Jim Ralph, Lincoln-Way East, sr.; Marshall West, Wheaton Academy, jr., Neil Wiaranowski, Naperville North, sr.

Keepers: Konrad Dziedzic, Leyden, so.; Alessandro Jaurez, Kelly, sr.; RJ Hill, Warren, keeper, sr.; Kyle Leber, Palatine, jr.; Quentin Low, Stevenson, sr.; Martin Rosas, Lane, sr.; Adam Zehme, Sandburg, sr.

Final records

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With the season formally over, here is the final top twenty, in order, with final record and preseason rank in parenthesis.

1. Warren 21-5-3 (2)
First state in any sport in school history

2. Naperville Central 23-2 (1)
Back-to-back overtime state final heartbreakers

3. Morton 23-2 (3)
Despite early state tournament exit, 47-5-1 last two years

4. Sandburg 19-6-3 (NR)
Zack Biel scores 25 goals to lead Eagles' third-place finish

5. St. Charles East 20-3-1 (NR)
T.C. Hull (31 goals, 10 assists) emerged as an elite junior

6. Stevenson 18-6-1 (NR)
Patriots produce greatest season ever with first state appearance

7. Fenwick 17-7-1 (NR)
Keeper Jacob Peterson was a star of state tournament run

8. Hinsdale Central 18-4-3 (NR)
Christian Meyer and twin brother Mitchell return next year for Red Devils

9. Libertyville 18-3-1 (4)
Wildcats' historical footnote: they won North Suburban, not state champion Warren

10. Lyons 18-4-1 (9)
Early tournament exit cannot detract from great year, including Pepsi championship

Others: Barrington, Wheaton Academy, St. Viator, Naperville North, Benet, Glenbrook North, Lane, Oak Park-River Forest, St. Ignatius, Palatine

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