It is without question the greatest area soccer season in history. When all was said and done, the three local teams all won a regional in the same season. Coal City won the Class 1A Herscher regional, Morris won its own Class 2A Regional and Minooka won the 3A Joliet West Regional.
That has not ever happened before.
In fact, the regional titles for Morris and Coal City were their first ever. For Minooka, it was its second regional championship ever with the last one coming in the late 90s.
Needless to say, picking the Morris Daily Herald All-Area team this year was extremely tough due to the immense talent on the Redskins, Coalers and Indians. However, after much debate and discussion, we’ve arrived on 20 girls who will make up this year’s team.
Most Valuable Player
Minooka — Jillian Hetfleisch
She had 105 career points in four years with the Indians, culminating with 32 goals in 2013.
Will be playing at University of Wisconsin-Parkside this fall.
Coal City — Alisha Johnson
Had 10 goals and 10 assists this spring and is a versatile, well-around player.
Will be playing soccer at Concordia this fall.
“Alisha holds more than half the career records for girls soccer at Coal City,” Coal City coach Mike Kostbade said. “She had an outstanding outside shot, moves the ball with great pace and has a keen ability to create scoring opportunities with her vision and crossing.”
Morris — Amanda Grant
Had 17 goals and five assists.
“She had a great season as one of our starting forwards,” Morris coach Kristen Porter said.
Coal City —Donjeta Shabani — Senior Forward
She finished with 15 goals and five assists in 2013 to spearhead quite an offensive attack by the Coalers.
“Donjeta has outstanding breakaway speed, combined with the size and strength necessary to battle in the box,” Kostbade said. “She is a very athletic player and is creative with the ball. She scored the game-winning goal in the championship game.”
Coal City — Megan Jessen — Senior Forward
Jessen had seven goals and four assists this year to finishing with 11 career goals and 10 career assists.
“She had two multiple-goal games, both were against strong programs (Lisle and Herscher). She was one of our most dangerous attackers all season, and was always there to elevate the team’s energy level with her hustle.”
Coal City — Brynna Borgra — Senior Midfielder
Ended season with five goals which made 32 total for her career. She also had five assists this spring.
Will be playing soccer at Mt. Mercy College in the fall.
“Brynna is a great all-around player; very strong in the air and crafty with the ball,” Kostbade said. “As a central midfielder, she had a remarkably strong presence on the defensive end. She won countless 50-50 balls and was consistently one of the hardest-working players on and off the field.”
Minooka — Marisol Galvan — Junior Midfielder
Had two goals and 10 assists this spring. Is verbally committed to Northern Illinois University.
“Marisol is a very aggressive and talented player. She controls the middle of the field, she wins the ball in the air, is great with her feet, a hard worker, great teammates and truly one of those players that you want on your team,” Minooka coach Chris Brolley said. “Her competitive nature and hardworking mindset brings the level of the entire team up. I live her attitude about soccer.”
Coal City — Brittany Jezik — Junior Midfielder
Had six goals and six assists this spring for the Coalers.
“She played an important role in our team’s 10 shutouts, often marking our opponent’s top threats,” Kostbade said. “Despite the attention paid to defense, she was able to contribute good numbers on the offensive side, as well.”
Minooka — Juliana Scarcelli — Sophomore Forward
Had two goals and three assists for the Indians in 2013.
“She started to excel on the soccer field and I look forward to her playing a big role next year,” Brolley said.
Morris — Kirsten Galloway — Junior Midfielder
Had two goals and two assists for the Redskins.
“Kirsten is our most aggressive player who goes 110 percent at all times,” Porter said.
Morris — Cara Cummings — Junior Defender
“Cara us a very strong physical defender,” Porter said. “Another one of Cara’s attributes is her communication on the back of the defensive line. Throughout the season Cara’s attitude towards soccer motivated her teammates to push harder and work through adversity.”
Minooka — Deaven Hudson — Senior Defender
Had three goals and six assists this past spring.
“Deaven is one of our captains and our sweeper. She has been a huge reason for our success this year,” Brolley said. “Her solid play in back there has kept us in games and only allowed 16 goals in the 15 games she played as a sweeper. Most of her assists have come on an extremely long throw that we use in the attack.”
Morris — Katherine Gallick — Sophomore Defender
“Stellar in any defensive position for us, Katherine was the ultimate, reliable defender,” Porter said. “During a regional game, she dribbled the length of the field through midfielders and defenders and scored a goal to change the momentum of a game in which we went on to win.”
Morris — Sam Limbach — Sophomore Defender
“Sam did a great job as an inside defender,” Porter said. “She has great speed and quick feet. She was fearless going to the ball and we relied on her a lot throughout the season.”
Morris — Emily Ashworth — Junior Defender
“Emily is tough and a very hard worker,” Porter said. “She was very reliable and very disciplined in her defensive position. She was a big part of what made our defense so strong this year.”
Minooka — Laura Simon — Senior Defender
Scored four goals and dished three assists.
“Laura made the jump from excelling in track and cross country to leading our defense her senior year. She is one of the most athletic girls we’ve had,” Brolley said. “But she brings more than just talent and athleticism to our team. She brings a winning attitude and determination … she has mentored our young defense and taken the role of leader in a short time.
Coal City — Sarah Sirovy — Senior Keeper
Had 10 shutouts in 14 games for the Coalers this spring and wound up getting 74 straight starts in net for Kostbade.
“She played with great composure and was highly focused all season,” Kostbade said. “She worked very hard this season to improve every aspect of her game; from diving to goal kicks. That made her a remarkably well-rounded keeper.”
Morris — Stephenie Wiekert — Senior Keeper
She recorded five shutouts this past season.
“She was the natural leader of our team,” Porter said. “She did an incredible job in goal for us this year … always giving it her best and pushing her teammates to do their best.”
Minooka — Mallory Schade — Junior Keeper
“Her aggressive attitude and knowledge of the game enables her to make stops that most keepers don’t get,” Brolley said. “She’s fun to watch.”