Boys soccer: Fox Valley All-Area Team

By Steve Nemeth
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/9/2018 11:10 AM
  • Truitt Battin, St. Charles East

    Truitt Battin, St. Charles East

  • Matt Beaulieu, St. Charles North

    Matt Beaulieu, St. Charles North

  • Alex Canfield, Crystal Lake South

    Alex Canfield, Crystal Lake South

  • Alex Chavez, Streamwood,

    Alex Chavez, Streamwood,

  • Jose Ibarra, Streamwood

    Jose Ibarra, Streamwood

  • Tucker Jahns, Kaneland

    Tucker Jahns, Kaneland

  • Josh Johansen, St. Edward

    Josh Johansen, St. Edward

  • Nick Langdon, Crystal Lake South

    Nick Langdon, Crystal Lake South

  • Omar Lopez, Elgin

    Omar Lopez, Elgin

  • Manny Ramirez, Elgin

    Manny Ramirez, Elgin

  • James Serrano, Marmion

    James Serrano, Marmion

  • Damian Smiech, Dundee-Crown

    Damian Smiech, Dundee-Crown

  • Jabari Washington, Dundee-Crown

    Jabari Washington, Dundee-Crown

  • Patience Yuha, West Aurora,

    Patience Yuha, West Aurora,

  • Aleksandar Zdravkovic, Larkin

    Aleksandar Zdravkovic, Larkin

Truitt Battin, St. Charles East, Sr., M

Captain candidate with loaded resume for tradition-rich Saints. For 2018, IHSSCA All-State, All-Area, All-DuKane, DKC Golden Boot winner, and inaugural St. Charles All-Tournament. In 2017, IHSSCA All-Section 3, All-Area, All-UEC, Northside College Showcase First-Team pick. Goal-leader three straight years for area's most balanced offense. "Beyond knack for goals, his abilities with the ball and change of pace set him apart," coach Vince DiNuzzo said. Stats for last two years: 16 and 12 goals, 5 and 4 game-winners, 6 and 3 assists, and 38 and 27 points. Graduating early to follow family's roots to Serbia and hope for pro soccer future.

Matt Beaulieu, St. Charles North, Sr., M-F

Senior year accolades include IHSSCA All-Section 3 and All-DuKane after leading North Stars (12-6-1) in goals (12), game-winners (3), assists (12) and points (36). Solid contributor to North Stars' 2017 campaign which concluded with fourth-place 3A state finish, PepsiCo bracket championship, as well as Barrington Classic title. Third in scoring as a junior with six goals, seven assists and 19 points as St. Charles North (16-4-4) posted eight-game unbeaten strings twice (6-0-2 and 7-0-1).

Alex Canfield, Crystal Lake South, Jr., F

Fox All-Area Captain led Gators to historic 2A state championship and tie for school single-season record for victories (22-2-3). IHSSCA All-State for 2018, two-time All-FVC, and Honorable Mention All-Section 6 as a sophomore. Owned 11 game-winners within team-high 33 goals (plus six assists) and 72 points. Scored regulation-time goal in six of seven postseason matches and decisive shootout conversion in the seventh. "He's the complete package, big, strong, a tireless work rate, so efficient in front of the goal," coach Brian Allen said. "He never settles trying to be the best version of what he's capable of."

Alex Chavez, Streamwood, Sr., F

Captain candidate proved mettle scoring a goal in each of seven games leading to supersectional showing. IHSSCA All-Section 10 and All-UEC pick led Sabres in goals (19) and points (44), plus added six assists. One of best box-to-box players relied on to be a constant scoring threat yet asked to bolster defense. "He's such a fantastic two-way threat with never-ending energy. Has tremendous foot skills to go with his speed," Streamwood coach Matt Polovin said. Opposing coach quote: "Fun to watch, smart, athletic and looked to set up teammates instead of doing everything himself."

Jose Ibarra, Streamwood, So., D

One of two sophomores to earn All-UEC accolades was anchor of a defense which registered nine shutouts, claimed Barrington Classic championship, posted eight-game win streak leading to 1-0 supersectional loss to Lake Park. Had decisive conversion in sectional shootout triumph over rival Elgin. One of three goals, two assists, and eight points. Coach Matt Polovin said: "Jose is no doubt the second-best center back in the state behind Naperville North's Collin Iverson. You'd think he's a senior; the only people who don't consider him a top center back are people who haven't seen him."

Tucker Jahns, Kaneland, Jr., M-F

Back-to-back IHSSCA All-Section 4 and All-Northern Illinois Big XII as sophomore and junior. Offensive shining Knight with five goals in one match, four in three others as part of five hat tricks in 2018 while compiling team-bests for goals (31), game-winners (9), and points (68), plus six assists. Center official called 35-yard game-winner to far upper 90 in 1-0 regional win, "Goal of the Year." Aims to up career tallies of 60 goals, 9 hat tricks, 16 game-winners, 16 assists, and 96 points. "Great footwork, speed, plus first to practice and last to leave," coach Scott Parillo said.

Josh Johansen, St. Edward, Jr., M

Captain candidate likely area's No. 1 marked man in 2019. Will try to lead Green Wave to third straight Class 1A state finals. Led St. Edward to second place (24-2-1) in 2018 with team highs for goals (33), game-winners (9), assists (15), and points (81). MSC Red Division Player of Year, three-time All-MSC division, repeat all-area, plus IHSSCA All-Section 3 in 2018 and Honorable Mention in 2017. Individually second in state (fourth-best IHSA single-season tally) for assists (43) on St. Edward's (27-2) third-place unit. "Every coach at state told me 'that number 8 is the real deal.' Scoring, assists, technical knowledge, he has no weak aspect," coach Tim Brieger said.

Nick Langdon, Crystal Lake South, Sr., D

Cornerstone of defense helping Gators (22-2-3) to historic 2A state championship. IHSSCA All-Section 6 and All-FVC as back line anchor for defense that produced 14 shutouts and allowed only 22 goals in 27 matches. Despite defender role, contributed 6 goals, 3 game-winners, shared team lead in assists (10) for 22 points. Also instrumental role in 2017 regional success. "Having such a cerebral player in back gave the guys someone to look to and have confidence in to figure things out no matter the circumstances," coach Brian Allen. "Without a doubt he is one of the smartest players I've ever coached."

Omar Lopez, Elgin, Sr., F

Captain candidate earns all-area and all-UEC acclaim for second straight year. Area leader for goals (43) and points (92) for 2018 (plus 8 assists). Instrumental in leading Elgin to first sectional final appearance following inaugural regional success, plus UEC titles for last two seasons. Named MVP after leading Maroons to inaugural St. Charles Tournament title. Combines finesse, power, speed, and field vision. "Simply an outstanding worker who set the school single-season goal record despite being double-teamed almost every game," coach David Borg said. "Has shown improvement every year in terms of maturity and skills."

Manny Ramirez, Elgin, Sr., D

Shutdown defender whose senior year includes All-UEC, St. Charles All-Tournament, and Comcast100 Player of Game acclaim (from 1-0 victory in showdown of UEC unbeatens). Back line anchor on school's first squad to reach sectional final following regional championship and second of two league crowns. Also earned All-UEC River Division in 2016. "A tenacious defender and smart player with incredible speed," said coach David Borg. Despite back line position, had a game-winning goal in league win at Glenbard East to go with three assists for five points.

James Serrano, Marmion, Sr., M

Epitome of work ethic in terms of individual skill plus improvement and success of program. "Coachable, humble, great attitude, determination, leadership on/off field, during or off-season, reflected in program's growth," coach Jimmy Romano said. Three-year varsity starter led Cadets from 14 wins in first two years to 14-8-1 supersectional showing for 2018 as recipient of Chicago Catholic League Lawless Award (player of year). Back-to-back IHSSCA All-Section to go with All-CCL for three seasons. MVP/captain last two years. Eye-popping stats for 2018 (career numbers in parentheses): eight hat tricks part of 32 (50) goals, 9 (15) game-winners, 9 (17) assists, 72 (117) points.

Damian Smiech, Dundee-Crown, Sr., GK

Overlooked in goalie-filled IHSSCA balloting yet numbers speak volumes with nine solo and two shared shutouts out of 13 clean sheets in regional title season. Yielded only 14 goals in 23 games played for 2018 when earning IHSSCA Honorable Mention and becoming two-time All-FVC pick. Instrumental in 2017's unbeaten regular season. In three 2018 postseason contests, yielded one PK goal. "Came into junior year facing competition for position but his mechanics and ability to leap stood out. Uncanny instincts and ability to get to ball happens too often to just be luck," coach Rey Vargas said.

Jabari Washington, Dundee-Crown, Sr., D

Back-to-back IHSSCA All-Section 6 acclaim for two-time team MVP that earned All-FVC during each of four years as varsity starter on defense. Member of two FVC championship squads including 2017 crew that was unbeaten until regional title upset loss. Standout for 2016 and 2018 regional champion units, plus 18-win teams for both 2017 and 2018. Ranks 11th in near-400 member class. NHS, choir, band among activities for future actuarial science major. Only match missed in four years was due to SAT test. "Tremendous reactions, reads game and gives 200 percent in practice or games," coach Rey Vargas said.

Patience Yuha, West Aurora, Sr., F

Captain candidate made immediate impact in 2017 as a World Relief refugee student from Tanzania leading Blackhawks to school's first-ever conference championship. Now a two-time IHSSCA All-State, All-Area and All-UEC pick. Led West in goals (22), assists (18), and points (72) as a senior. Named NBC Sports Wintrust Bank Player of Week (Aug. 22-28). Team's co-MVP for 2018 and MVP for 2017. Impressive two-year career numbers read 31 goals, 31 assists for 93 points. "He's calm, cool and collected with the ball. His field vision and poise make him a constant threat," said veteran coach Joe Sustersic.

Aleksandar Zdravkovic, Larkin, Jr., F

Consecutive seasons as All-Area and All-UEC recognition plus consistently phenomenal stats in two varsity campaigns are impossible to overlook. His 2018 production: 32 goals, 11 assists, 75 points bring career tallies to 60 goals, 24 assists and 144 points. Led Royals to back-to-back regional final appearances. Latest regional appearance was preceded by 13-match (11-0-2) unbeaten string. "A fantastic, natural goal-scorer who really is the complete player because of the skills he possesses, 1-on-1 ability, speed, size, and strength," said coach Ken Hall.

Honorable Mention All-Area

Brendan Adams, St. Charles East, Jr., M; Santiago Barrios, West Aurora, Sr., D; Jack Belloli, Geneva, Sr., M; Chase Brieger, St. Edward, Jr., D-M; Gavin Cano, Kaneland, Jr., D-M; Sebastian Carranza, St. Charles East, Fr., F; Ryan Coughlin, Crystal Lake South, Sr., M; Jacob Fairwood, Hampshire, Sr., M; Collin Fromm, Geneva, Sr., M-F; Ryan Heileman, Hampshire, Jr., D; Martin Jimenez, Elgin, Sr., GK; Alex Kunicki, Elgin, Sr., D; Tyler Laurich, Marmion, Jr., M; Bryan Mora, Streamwood, Sr., M; Fernando Nava, Larkin, Sr., F; Johnny O'Connor, Jacobs, Jr., F; Adler Palos, Batavia, Sr., M; Rudy Reyes, Bartlett, Sr., F-M; Evan Sajtar, St. Edward, Jr., GK; Austin Snobel, Jacobs, Sr., F

Captain's honor roll

Boys soccer

1995 -- Peter Takács (Larkin)

1996 -- Nick Dudziak (Elgin)

1997 -- Sean Rafferty (Elgin)

1998 -- Ryan McKenna (Larkin) and Chris Pipis (Geneva)

1999 -- Ryan McKenna (Larkin), Blair McLaughlin (Cary-Grove) and Ryan Halcrow (St. Charles East)

2000 -- John Dahlquist (Bartlett) and Mike Czerwinski (Batavia)

2001 -- Matt Grimmer (Bartlett), Mark Sommerville (Jacobs) and Jimmy Klatter (Geneva)

2002 -- Jeff Diehl (Jacobs) and Gerardo Alvarez (Marmion)

2003 -- Dan Breen (Cary-Grove) and Joel Del Toro (Marmion)

2004 -- Mike Stumpf (Crystal Lake South) and Jon Liechty (St. Charles East)

2005 -- Joe Keating (St. Edward) and Steve Sloan (Geneva)

2006 -- Christian Meza (Dundee-Crown), Tyler Beachler (Westminster Christian) and Andy Filipiak (Geneva)

2007 -- David Rodriguez (Larkin) and Brian Holbrook (Geneva)

2008 -- Alex Perez (Streamwood), Raul Sandoval (Larkin) and Shawn Sloan (Geneva)

2009 -- Ryan Beachler (Westminster Christian) and Hennry Perez (West Aurora)

2010 -- Charlie Oliver (Crystal Lake South) and Brady Wahl (Geneva)

2011 -- Drew Conner (Cary-Grove), Erik Rodriguez (Larkin) and Anthony Torres (Batavia)

2012 -- Erik Rodriguez (Larkin) and Michael Macek (St. Charles East)

2013 -- Nestor Ascencio (Streamwood) and Kevin Heinrich (St. Charles East)

2014 -- Alan Camarena (Streamwood) and Ian Larson (Batavia)

2015 -- Alex Amro (St. Charles North) and Noah Melick (Jacobs)

2016 -- Noah Melick (Jacobs)

2017 -- A.J. Franklin (St. Edward)

2018 -- Alex Canfield (Crystal Lake South)

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