Six girls soccer players from the Morris Daily Herald area had 10 or more goals and assists combined this past spring, led by the 23 goals and five assists from Most Valuable Player Jill Hetfleisch of Minooka. The 23 goals were 11 better than the next person on the list — Alisha Johnson of Coal City.
However, it takes more than goals and assists to make up a complete team these days and the MDH All-Area squad this spring is no different. Formations aside, there is enough talent on this year's team for any coach to incorporate just about any alignment, so you wanna-be coaches can take your pick.
Johnson was the Coalers' team leader with 12 goals and five assists this past season and was named All Interstate Eight Conference for the second year in a row.
"She can score against the best defenses in the area with great speed and a long-range shot," Coal City coach Mike Kostbade said. "She scored the game-winner for us with less than two minutes to play in the regional semifinal match this year."
The Ashford-bound Cummings scored 10 goals, had 11 assists and 117 steals. Made the All-Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference team.
"Jordan has done a real nice job for us over the past few years. She led the team in assists the past two seasons and in goals this year," Morris coach Jeff Hunt said. "She has been a varsity player for four years, a leader on the team and I am sure that will carry over into her collegiate career."
She scored three goals and added 12 assists this spring for the Indians.
"She had a great career at Minooka," Indians coach Chris Brolley said. "She was an All-Conference and All-Sectional honorable mention this year, which are great for her because of her hard work. One of the most humble kids I've ever coached."
She scored nine goals and added three assists and she's currently tied for the career mark for goals in a career at Coal City with 27.
"A very versatile player who can play strong defensively while also having good breakout scoring ability when moved up to forward," Kostbade said.
She had four goals, six assists and 134 steals this past season for Morris. Also Ashford-bound, Danielle was an All-NIB12 selection as both a junior and a senior.
"Danielle has worked very hard to end up where she has. She led the team in steals over the past two season," Hunt said. "Over the past four years she has been a force to deal with no matter where she plays on the field and will greatly be missed. I wish her the best of luck at the next level."
"She has been the best defender we have had for the past couple of years," Brolley said. "She prides herself in playing hard and competing against the best. We're going to miss her next year. She was a huge part to our team"
Had two goals and one assist, but more importantly anchored a Coal City defense that allowed just 1.2 goals per game this spring.
"Great ability to anticipate dangerous situations in the box," Kostbade said. "Quick and strong enough to make the saving play, time and time again. Also possesses remarkable ability to counter attack opponents."
"She is fast, in shape and always willing to go the extra mile," Brolley said. "She's Minooka's only 12-sport athlete who graduated. That's a compliment to someone who is great at each sport. We'll miss this senior."
She scored four goals, had three assists and recorded 89 steals this spring for the Redskins. She was an All-NIB12 selection this season.
"Last year she played some midfield and helped out with some goals, but due to losing other key players, she rotated back to defense this year," Hunt said. "She goes about her business very quietly and just gets the job done no matter what the position. Kathy will also be missed."
"She's a very talented and dedicated individual," Brolley said. "She has a passion that I admire and look forward to seeing for another couple of years."
Had six shutouts on a team that allowed just 1.2 goals against this year. Faced an average of almost eight shots per game this season.
"She's definitely among the elite goalies in the area; great combination of sure hands and great intelligence," Kostbade said. "She played every minute of every game this season and was solid throughout."