Times All-Area Team
Jazmin Aldape, So., MF
Stats: 16 goals, 10 assists
Aldape made the Times all-area team as a freshman in 2011 and was again the heart of the Blazing Trojans in 2012. The sophomore center-midfielder was an all-sectional selection and although her goal totals dropped from 24 as a freshman to 16 as a sophomore, Aldape was still the go-to girl when Bloom Township needed offense. The Blazing Trojans are a very young team with plenty of freshman talent, and with Aldape in the middle, Bloom will continue to be the force it has established itself as in the Southland Athletic Conference.
Stephanie Hall, Sr., MF
Stats: 11 goals, 7 assists
The Ladycats will be at a loss in 2013 when they are forced to fill the shoes of Stephanie Hall. Hall has been the middle of the Beecher girls soccer team for some time. The Ladycats had a roller coaster ride of a season in 2012, and with Hall battling a wrist injury, the senior mid-fielder experienced her own up and down season as well. Hall's value was never more apparent than in the games she didn't play. Hall led the Ladycats in goals and assists in 2012 and was a first team selection to the Interstate 8 all-conference team.
Jamie Kats, Sr., D
Stats: 21 goals, 9 assists
Thornton Fractional had its best season in the United's history and Jamie Kats was a big reason for all the success. Early in the season, Kats moved from her center-mid position back to the defense to help solidify the United's back line. Coach Alejandro Lagunas' strategy worked, and the United promptly went on a 10-match winning streak which included a first-place finish at the Reavis Invitational. Despite being in the back, Kats provided plenty of offense. The all-sectional selection's ability to score on free kicks made her an all around asset to the United.
Ali Farkos, Sr., MF
Stats: 18 goals, 14 assists
Farkos proved to be the engine that made Homewood-Flossmoor run in 2012. The Times Player of the Year was a standout on a team of standouts, and Farkos' choice as an all-state selection in 2012 was her third in a row. Farkos' strong play throughout the tournament helped the Vikings to a semi-state berth for the second season in a row. Her aggressive yet intelligent style should translate nicely at the next level when she moves on to Illinois State in the fall.
Amanda Baron, Jr., F
Stats: 22 goals, 1 assist
As a junior, Baron was an all-conference selection in the Southland Athletic Conference, and was an honorable mention selection for the all-sectional team. Baron's stats may have been even more impressive if many opponents hadn't keyed in on shutting her down. Look for Baron to have a strong offensive year again in 2013 and help the Warriors young talent develop into a team to look out for come regional time.
Monica Munoz, Fr., MF
Stats: 24 goals, 17 assists
Monica Munoz came to high school with plenty of soccer experience, and it showed in 2012. The freshman phenom led the United in goals and assists and made an immediate impact at the varsity level. Her ability to score and assist helped make the United a better all-around team. Monica and sisters Andrea and Elizabeth all helped to drive the Thornton Fractional team to new heights in 2012. Monica was an all-sectional selection this season, and the United have plenty of reason for optimism for the future as long as Monica is suiting up for Thornton Fractional.
Caroline Toren, Sr., D
Stats: 2 goals, 1 assist
Toren's statistics may not be eye-popping, but the senior sweeper's defensive prowess makes up for any offense that might have fallen into her lap in 2012. Toren was the wall in the Illiana Christian defense, and the four-year starter has also watched the Vikings come from a team that started 0-7 in 2009 to a team that started the season 7-0 in 2012. Those statistics don't correlate with Toren's career by chance. Toren is one of the biggest reason's for the Illiana Christian turnaround.
Kristen Corral, Fr., MF
Stats: 14 goals, 10 assists
As a freshman, Kristen Corral led the Vikings in goals scored and played a big role in the successes of the Illiana Christian team. Corral created her own runs and finish for goals while also involving her teammates in the offense. Corral helped lead the Vikings to the Rich East regional final but the team was unable to find a goal against a pesky Plainfield East defense. The Vikings are losing eight seniors in 2012, but with Corral and other young talent, the coming seasons should still see plenty of wins for Illiana Christian and plenty more goals and assists for Corral.
Kate Vendrely, Sr., D
Stats: 1 goal, 3 assist
After a junior season where she was a standout center midfielder, Homewood-Flossmoor needed Vendrely at sweeper. She helped the Vikings repeat their successes of 2011 in a season when many had counted out Homewood-Flossmoor. Vendrely's steadiness and ability to help her team where they needed was a major part of the lack of a drop off. Vendrely played key parts in both a 1-0 sectional semi victory over Andrew and a 3-1 sectional championship over a strong offensive Sandburg team.
Christina Franzese, Jr., D
Stats: 3 goals
Franzese was a strong one on one defender for the Spartans and her three goals were impressive feats considering she started each run from the Marian Catholic end of the pitch. Franzese is a three-year starter for Marian Catholic and her steady play in the back helps solidify what is usually a strong Spartan defense. Marian Catholic may have struggled in the win column in 2012, but Franzese gives reason for the Spartans to be optimistic about the future of the team.
Kim Boehm, Jr., GK
Stats: 15 goals against, 13 shutouts
Boehm gets better each season. She allowed less than one goal all season (.067) and was an all-sectional selection as a junior. Boehm saved her best for the big stage when she came up with huge saves for the Vikings in the sectional semis and finals. Her shutout of Andrew in the semis became a thing of beauty after she came up with two huge second-half saves to preserve the win.
Honorable Mention: Beecher — Katrina Zubi, Jr., D. Bloom Township — Andreina Hernandez, Fr., MF; Erika Garcia, Fr., F; Briana Williams, Jr., D. Homewood Flossmoor — Haley Hruska, Sr., F; Chrissy Coderre, Jr., MF. Illiana Christian — Emma Pawlowski, So., F; Megan Knapper, Sr., D/MF. Marian Catholic — Hailey Losselyong, So., F/MF. St. Francis de Sales — Celeste Martinez, Sr., F. Thornwood — Fatina Cornejo, Sr., D; Lupe Ambrosio, Jr., D; Jasmine Zambrano, Jr., MF. Thornton Fractional — Elizabeth Munoz, Sr., D; Andrea Munoz, Jr., MF. Washington — Lizabeth Ortega, Sr., D; Roxanna Jasso, Sr., D.
— Compiled by Dwight Haislet