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Farkos, Homewood-Flossmoor soccer team ready for more

2012-03-30T20:00:00Z 2014-08-20T19:41:15Z Farkos, Homewood-Flossmoor soccer team ready for moreBy Dwight Haislet Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 30, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

The 2012 Homewood-Flossmoor girls soccer team may have lost some pretty good players to graduation, but there is still plenty of talent left.

And any measure of that talent would have to begin with senior midfielder Ali Farkos. Farkos is the engine that makes this team run. Farkos is the also centerpiece to a Vikings squad that is looking for big things in 2012.

Homewood-Flossmoor finished 2011 with a 21-3 record and made it as far as the Class 3A Normal Community Supersectional. The team is ready to continue to build on the success and also to add on to what is quickly becoming a tradition at Homewood-Flossmoor.

"I think we have a lot of talent on this team," Farkos said. "We have a lot of potential and I think that we're going to go pretty far in our season."

Farkos finished the 2011 season with nine goals and 24 assists. Her assist total is a testimony to her ability to involve her teammates and make others around her better. Homewood-Flossmoor head coach Charlie Ward compared it to a point guard in basketball. Farkos makes plays and passes that many never even see.

"She has the field vision," Ward said. "She sees the field beyond the level of a high school soccer player. She's able to distribute passes through the tightest seams and it's always a good decision when she makes it."

Farkos was also an all-state selection in 2011, and he thinks she remains among the elite.

"Ali Farkos is one of the best players in the state," Ward said. "She wins virtually every 50-50 ball. I would put her on the caliber of any star on any team in all of the state."

Farkos believes the team's ability to adapt to one another will be a key to the team's success.

"The biggest thing really is adding in the new people," Farkos said. "And coming together and really trying to mesh together and go far. I'm really excited for the season."

Farkos will take her talents to Illinois State after her senior season, but for now she is focused on the Vikings season.

"I've been playing at the varsity level for four years now," Farkos said. "And I really think my leadership and my experience can help the team grow. Honestly, I do think we have the potential to make it down state. We have so much heart and so much passion."

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