Carlos Posada, Sr., F
Stats: 68 goals, 18 assists
Posada's rise at Crete-Monee was meteoric when he recorded 131 goals in his final two seasons in a Warrior uniform. After starting the 2011 season 50 goals shy of the state record, Posada became Illinois' all-time scoring leader this season when he recorded his 160th goal in a 10-0 win over Rich Central on Nov. 11. Posada's 177 career goals will be the new standard in the state for the coming years. Posada led the Warriors to a Regional championship in 2011, something the Crete-Monee program had been searching for for a long time.
Misael Martinez, Sr., F
Stats: 32 goals, 7 assists
After getting hurt on Sept. 8 against Mount Carmel, Martinez missed eight games on the season but still came on strong to finish the year with 32 goals. Martinez picked up right where he left off before his injury and in his first game back recorded a goal for the Minutemen along with recording at least one goal in the remainder of Washington's regular season games. Martinez helped lead Washington to a 20-5-1 record on the season and a trip to the Lemont Sectional semi-finals where they lost to host Lemont 1-0 in a game in which Washington dominated but just couldn't finish at the net.
AJ Johns, Sr., D/MF
Stats: 8 goals, 7 assists
Johns was a chameleon for the Bobcats and was able to play wherever his team needed. More often than not in 2011 that was as a defender. Had Johns seen more time as a midfielder his season stats would be more eye-popping but stats or not, Johns was hands down the heart, soul, and strength of a solid Beecher squad the went undefeated in the River Valley Conference and were the 2011 RVC champions. For his efforts on the season, Johns was named RVC player of the year so his lack of major statistics obviously didn't bother the coaches when naming him the conference MVP.
Justin Clayton, Jr., D
Stats: 18 goals, 13 assists
Clayton's stats are impressive for a forward, let alone a defender. Clayton was all-conference in the River Valley Conference and all-tournament in both of the Charger's tourneys this season. The junior striker can score from anywhere on the field and was the dominant force on the 2011 Illinois Lutheran squad. If moved to the front there is no telling the amount of scoring Clayton may do next season. The Chargers are a young team that is on the rise and Clayton should be the center of that success if Illinois Lutheran can build around him.
Ray Kobus, So., D
Stats: 4 goals, 3 assists
Kobus is another player who's stats have suffered as his team's need has developed for him in the back. Kobus is a big and fast defender who takes over games with his size and speed. Simply put, he is a force wherever he is on the field. And only being a sophomore means that Kobus will continue to add to that size and speed. Kobus just missed being an all-sectional selection and probably should have been if not for the "fault" of being an underclassmen. Look for big things from Kobus and the Thornton Fractional team in the coming seasons.
Colin Marz, Sr., MF
Stats: 15 goals, 11 assists
Marz was the center midfielder on a strong Caravan team which was Catholic League champs. Marz was an all-conference selection in the Chicago Catholic League and he was also the winner of the 2011 Chicago Catholic League Blue division Lawless Award which goes to the division MVP. Marz will stay local and take his talent to to the University of Illinois-Chicago on a soccer scholarship in 2012.
Jorge Garcia, Jr., MF
Stats: 12 goals, 5 assists
Garcia was an all-conference selection in the Southland Athletic Conference for the Blazing Trojans in 2011 along with being an honorable mention selection at the Homewood-Flossmoor Regional. His play was instrumental to the Trojans successes in the SAC and helped them to a 9-1 record in the SAC and a share of the conference title which they split with Crete-Monee. Garcia seemed to have a knack for being the right man at the right time and his play was integral to the Trojans' winning 15-4-4 ways on the 2011 season.
Jairo Garcia, Sr., D
Stats: 9 goals, 7 assists
Garcia was the captain and leader of the Vikings and recorded all of his goals from the sweeper position, giving the area another example of a team's strongest player being used in a defensive manner. Garcia is a four year starter and four year letterman that led Homewood-Flossmoor with his physical and aggressive style of play. Along with his physicality, Garcia's speed helped hold together the Viking's back. For much of the season, goalkeeper Phil Huang was moved to fullback position while nursing a broken hand and thrived alongside Garcia before returning to the net to help Garcia and the Vikings field one of the area's better backfields of 2011.
Jaime Prado, Sr., D
Stats: 14 goals, 1 assist
Prado's versatility was obvious all season long as he shared goalkeeping duties with senior keeper Edgar Torres for most of the season. When Prado wasn't in goal he was still making things miserable for opposing team's offenses while also getting his own share of goals throughout the season. Prado was the center of a defense that lost only five games all season and also proved to be an all around valuable tool for Washington, filling in where ever and when ever the Minutemen needed him.
Joe Saenz, Sr., D
Stats: 1 goal, 1 assist
Saenz' stats can't begin to tell the impact of this Spartan defender. Saenz was the middle of a Marian Catholic defense which was itself the center and strength of the 2011 Spartan team. Saenz' lone goal of the season was a game winner, coming in a 2-1 victory over Nazareth on Sept. 10 to lift the Spartans to a 7-2-2 record at the time. But Marian Catholic struggled to find any offense throughout the later part of the season and recorded only two more wins to end the season 9-12-4.
Isaac Lindahl, Sr., K
Stats: 186 saves, 6 shutouts
Lindahl kept the Vikings in more games than they would have been in if Lindahl was just your ordinary and everyday keeper. In 2011, the Vikings had only three games in which they were beat by more than one goal and that begins and ends with the play of Lindahl throughout the entire season. Lindahl's play led the the Metro Suburban Conference to table a measure that in future years would include a goal keeper as a member of the all-conference team. The votes for Lindahl in 2011 said he should be on the team as a keeper. Yes, Lindahl was that good on the season that the conference will now most likely pass an amendment in the all-conference voting to include any worthy keepers in the coming years.
Honorable Mention: Beecher -- Nick Giroux, Sr., MF; Giozanni Schiavone, Sr., K. Bloom Township -- Raymundo, Munoz, Sr., D; Romario Gutierrez, Sr., D. Crete-Monee -- Ryan Sadowski, Sr., MF; Luke Cogan, Sr., K. Homewood-Flossmoor -- Mike Hurley, Sr., MF; Phil Huang, Jr., K/D. Illiana Christian -- Joe Ooms, Sr., D; Mark Vanderzee, Sr., MF. Illinois Lutheran -- Jared Wallace, Jr., F; Eric Dorn, Jr., F. Luther East -- Joe Ferguson, Jr., MF. Marian Catholic -- Kyle Cayton, Sr., MF/D. Mount Carmel -- Perro Mendieta, Sr., D. Thornton Fractional -- Emmanuel Ogunbode, Sr., MF/F. Thornton Township -- Alexandro Ayala, Jr., MF. Washington -- Sergio Frasco, Sr., D.
Compiled by Dwight Haislet