Romero showed how good he can be during his junior year where he finished with seven goals and two assists. He earned the Northwest Herald’s Second Team, all-sectional and All-FVC honors and he’ll take even more of a leadership role with the Tigers this season. First-year coach Leah Rutkowski has high hopes that Romero’s senior season could be big.
Hudson Nielsen, Huntley, sr., M
Nielsen knew how to score and share the wealth last year. He scored 11 goals, tied with teammate Isaac Jacobo for Huntley’s lead and top-five in the FVC and also tallied 14 assists. Nielsen earned all-sectional, all-conference and second team honors. He’ll be a key returner for the Red Raiders as they try to compete for a FVC crown and a regional title.
Owen Armstrong, Jacobs, sr., D
Armstrong was one of the top defenders in the area, leading a defense that allowed an average of 1.2 goals per match. The senior earned all-sectional honorable mention, all-conference and second team honors for his strong season and he should continue to grow. The Golden Eagles will need his strong leadership early with a tough nonconference schedule.
Preston Michel, Johnsburg, sr., GK
Michel returns as one of the top goalkeepers in the area after an impressive junior season. As a junior, he finished with 254 saves and earned All-Kishwaukee River Conference honors. He helped the Skyhawks win a Class 1A regional last season, and coach Adam Bronars is excited to see how leads as a senior.