One would best be advised not to tangle with Andjelic in 50/50 situations, as the Wisconsin-Milwaukee recruit usually won the ball. The Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State selection notched 15 goals and eight assists with her coach Sean Fahey calling her “the glue between out back line and attacking core.”
Bingen earned an IHSSCA All-State nod as well as being named the South Suburban Blue Conference Player of the Year for her efforts patrolling the midfield for Lemont. The junior finished the season with five goals and seven assists.
Joliet Catholic didn’t return to state this season, but with dynamic underclassmen such as this freshman it probably won’t be long before the Angels are knocking on that door again. Cardwell scored 25 goals and looks primed to pace the offense for several years.
Christine Erdman, Outside Back, Lincoln-Way Central
Erdman’s main strength was an innate ability to make life difficult for the opponent’s best attacking players. But the Bowling Green commit wasn’t only a lockdown defender, as she ended up being Lincoln-Way Central’s leading goal scorer with 19 and also dished out 15 assists.
Grace Grundhofer, Center Back, Lincoln-Way Central
The intangibles that the Herald-News Player of the Year brings to the pitch are numerous and often exercised by the Knights. A tremendous defender, Grundhofer seems to have a read on what it is about to happen before most. Her dynamic flip throw-in led to frequent big plays as well. She was named to the IHSSCA All-State Team.
Alexa Hadley, Goalkeeper, Lincoln-Way Central
The Knights will be the first to tell you that their stellar defensive work is inspired by a total team effort, but it is also super beneficial to have Hadley on the back end stopping almost everything that came her way. She had 21 shutouts and a scant 0.2 goals against average.
Suzie Knutte, Forward, Lemont
Knutte was an electric scorer, netting 27 goals while also dishing out 16 assists. The junior earned an IHSSCA All-State nod to go along with being an all-South Suburban Conference pick.
Stasik was a dangerous scorer, even when being marked by the opponent’s top defender. She finished her Porter career with 38 goals, including setting the school’s single-season record with 27 this year. She also had eight assists.