Created:Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:59 p.m.CDT
Updated:Friday, November 16, 2012 12:40 p.m.CDT
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Northwest Herald All-Area Boys Soccer Team

Christian Martinez

Dundee-Crown, sr. G

The goalkeeper was pivotal in the Chargers’ success this season as he anchored a solid defense en route to the team’s best record in school history. The Chargers didn’t allow more than two goals against all season, and Martinez was a big reason why, posting 11 shutouts.

Mike McKune

Cary-Grove, sr. M

The senior midfielder was a force on offense, creating matchup problems with his speed all over the field. He helped the Trojans to an undefeated regular season and a spot in a regional championship game.

Kevin Wilde

Cary-Grove, jr. F/M

Wilde has another season left to dominate the Fox Valley Conference as he did much of this season. He had a couple of games where he scored three goals and provided another scoring option to the Trojans’ balanced play style.

Nathan Berillo

Prairie Ridge, sr. F

Mr. Clutch. Berillo came up with big goals seemingly every time the Wolves needed one. Coach JC Brown was in continued awe as Berillo kept getting it done late in games, helping the Wolves to go 5-1 and second place in the FVC Valley Division. Berillo scored two goals with less than a minute to go against Dundee-Crown for sole possession of second place.

Zack Cemail

Richmond-Burton, sr. F/M

Cemail has the ability to take over games. He was a strong constant for the Rockets all season and tallied multiple games with three goals scored. The Rockets will be hard-pressed to find a replacement for the senior who had a knack for scoring in key moments.

Lucas Baker

Huntley, sr., F/M

The Northwest Herald Player of the Year scored 23 goals and helped lead Huntley to the first regional championship in program in history. The Red Raiders’ captain will play in Europe for former Cary Defenders club coach Brad Wellman.

Niko Mihalopoulos

Huntley, jr. M

Mihalopoulos had seven goals to go along with eight assists and was a nice complement to Player of the Year Lucas Baker. The junior had speed and good soccer awareness that would force teams to not shift all of their focus on Baker. Coach Kris Grabner said he is looking forward to a breakout season for the midfielder next year.

Kevin Schenk

Cary-Grove, sr. G

Schenk was not mentioned as often as he should have been during the Trojans’ undefeated regular season. The senior was a key piece in allowing Cary-Grove to be able to do what they did. He allowed only 10 goals through 19 games and like Martinez from the Chargers, posted 11 shutouts.

Eric Soto

Jacobs, sr. M

While the Golden Eagles had a rough time in FVC Valley play, Soto kept them competitive all season long. He acted as an on-field coach at times, coach AJ Capello said. The Golden Eagles were one of the best teams in the area at playing balls in the air, and Soto was a big reason. He had 10 goals and 10 assists.

Alex Jansen

Johnsburg, sr. F

Johnsburg had the most explosive offense in the area, and Jansen led the way. He finished the season with 25 goals and 10 assists – the second straight year he did so.

Caden Pruitt

Johnsburg, sr. F

The senior is an expert assist man, making the Johnsburg offense click on all cylinders. Pruitt had 31 assists to go with 10 goals. Coach Rob Eastland call him one of the most key figures to the success they saw this season.

Alex Lisitza

McHenry, sr. D

The defender gave opposing teams fits all season. His big body was able to get in front of many crossing passes, and he consistently shut down the opposition’s best player without the need for a double team. Multiple coaches singled him out as a reason their teams struggled offensively against the Warriors.

Second Team

Francisco Nava, Dundee-Crown, jr. D

Kevin Dombrowski, Johnsburg, sr. D

Jimmy Knackstedt, Johnsburg, sr. M

Malik Washington, Dundee-Crown, sr. F

Luis Arias, Dundee-Crown, jr. F

Nick Woodbury, Prairie Ridge, sr. M

Marcos Campos, Woodstock N., sr. G

Brandon Barnes, Prairie Ridge, sr. G

Gabriel Juarez, Harvard, sr. F/G

Jerry Martinez, Harvard, so. M

Honorable Mention

Frank Valle, McHenry, jr. G

Alvaro Morales, CL South, sr. M

Michael Conley, CL South, sr. F

Tyler Szydlo, Cary-Grove, jr. D

Michael Conway, Cary-Grove, sr. D/M

Matt Arenberg, Cary-Grove, sr. D

Note: The original version of this team inadvertantly included Jacobs' Mario Rako, who did not play high school soccer this season.