Girls soccer: Northwest Suburbs All-Area Team

Christine Batliner BarringtonBatliner was a magnificent attacking player with her marauding runs that break down even the most stubborn defenses from her spot along the Fillies' vaunted back line. "Christine mirrors the play of (her sister) Jackie in that she is so incredibly fit, can run up and down the flank all day, defends, and can deliver great service into the box," said Fillies coach Ryan Stengren. She had 5 goals and 11 assists this season, giving the two-time all-MSL, first-time all-sectional Fillies captain 8 and 20 in last two seasons. Will attend Marquette University in the fall.

Lauren Burk FremdGritty, rugged and aggressive two-time all-MSL center-back is a joy to watch for as a fan of the sport, not so for opposing teams. "Laura is a tireless worker with a tough minded, relentless defensive attitude which makes her an excellent defender, and one who organizes our back line, which is very tough to beat," said Fremd coach Steve Keller. The junior played through countless injuries all season long, never missing a beat.

Laura Burkhardt HerseyTwo-time all-area, all-sectional, all-MSL senior has been an impact player since stepping into the program according to Huskies coach Mike Rusniak. "Laura just loves to compete. Her work rate, and ability to be a complete plays on both sides of the ball set her apart from others. Her leadership helped foster the development of our younger players, and helped us become MSL East champs this season." Free kick specialist scored 26 in career, while adding 14 assists. Will play next fall at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Alexa Davis Rolling MeadowsBreakout season for this three-year starter who was named MSL East co-player of the year along with Ashley Welk (Prospect). "Alexa is the most prolific scorer I've coached since being here," said Mustangs coach Mike Drenth. Played both up top, or as an attacking midfielder. Athletic, has good pace and acceleration, and unpredictable in one-on-ones. Scored 19 goals this season, 32 for career to go along with 19 helpers. First time all-area, all-sectional. Will attend Indiana University in the fall.

Samantha DeJulio St. ViatorTwo-sport star (basketball) stepped into Lions back line a year ago, after transferrin g from Palatine, and immediately turned it into one of the best in 2A soccer, witnessed by the 18 shutouts collected. Later, this two-time all-area, all-sectional defender was named ESCC Defender of the Year. "Sam in her two years with us made an impact on the defense, and led by example," said Lions coach Mike Taylor. "She will be greatly missed as a leader." Also, a four-year varsity basketball player, team captain, and Daily Herald All-Area selection. Will play soccer next fall at SIU-Carbondale.

Jen Devona BarringtonFillies faithful will remember the effort of the then-freshman during the last few weeks of the season when doubled the advantage against Elk Grove to ensure victory in the MSL Soccer Bowl. "Jen is just a tireless worker, she goes box-to-box, wins balls all over the place and plays much bigger than her size," said Barrington coach Ryan Stengren. An incisive runner, with the ability to finish, while also having a good eye for an assist, this first-time All-Area, all-MSL sophomore scored 8 goals this season, while adding 8 assists.

Delaney Hoye ConantTwo-time all-area central-defender continued to shine for Conant coach Jason Franco, who sings the praises of this junior star. "Delaney is as steady as they come at her position. She routinely helped shut down our opponents attack with her exceptional positioning, tackling and ball winning ability, yet she is good enough on the ball to carry it forward, and jump-start our attack." Two-time all-MSL choice made things easier for the Cougars' new keeper this spring, and alongside her all-area teammate Maddie Kuffel formed one of the best back line duos around.

Alexa Joshi Elk GroveGrens sophomore wasted little time making an impression when she became a key figure in the team's run to the MSL East title, earning her all-conference honors, which she followed up once again this spring. "Alexa is so dangerous with time and space in front of her, and it's something she is quick to exploit," said Grens coach Dean Burrier-Sanchis. "She is the leadership pillar we look to use for the future of success in the Grens program." Had 4 goals and 4 assists this season.

Maddie Kuffel ConantThe Kuffel-Hoye partnership was responsible for the 12 shutouts the Cougars' rookie keeper recorded, along with a stingy 11 goals conceded on the season. "It was another back-to-back stellar year as our other center-back," said coach Jason Franco of this first-time all-area, all-MSL defender. "Her ability to cover, tackle and ball winning of opponents top-flight forwards is second to none. Will attend Harper Community College in the fall where Franco has encouraged her to continue to play.

Sarah Magnoni Maine WestWarriors coach Jeff Bishop cannot remember the last time the program has celebrated having an all-state player in soccer, so the announcement that his best player was named would validate the terrific season his club just finished. "Sarah is the heart and soul of our team, and a coach's dream," he said. "She makes our team better by just being on the field. Twice named all-CSL, and all-sectional. Will play next fall at SIU-Edwardsville.

Stephanie Mazurek ConantTwice named all-state, three-times all-area, this high scoring forward enjoyed a monster final year, scoring an area high 25 goals while adding (12 assists. Had four multi-goal games. "Stephanie is one of Conant's all-time greats," says coach Jason Franco. "She's fast, and physical with a nose for the goal, and she creates chances against the best of backlines." The MSL West co-Player of the Year can also provide a steady stream of assists for others. Records galore for this Cougars star who leaves as second all-time in goals (63), assists with 37, all good for 161 points. Mazurek had planned on walking on at Ohio State in the fall until an ACL injury in sectionals may have put those plans on hold.

Payton McDonnell St. ViatorThe heart of the Lions during an outstanding four years under coach Mike Taylor, this three-time all-area, three-time all-ESCC midfielder has provided her club with terrific play on both sides of the ball. "Payton has been a mainstay on the team from the very beginning, and will be sorely missed next season," said Taylor. Had 37 goals and 30 assists for her career. Will play next fall at Loras College.

Juliana Moreno BarringtonIn just her first year as the Fillies' center-back last spring, this-then confident sophomore would exhibit maturity way beyond her years. "Juliana took on a huge role last year after we lost three-fourths of our starters," said Barrington coach Ryan Stengren. Rarely caught out of position, this two-time all-area junior is quick to anticipate danger, excellent recovery speed, and has the confidence to be a quality ball carrier from the heart of the back line.

Christy Murauskis FremdThe arrival of Murauskis, back from club for her final year at Fremd, proved to be the missing piece for the Vikings. "Christy is a skillful, smart player, who is so versatile that she can play anywhere on the field," said Fremd coach Steve Keller. The senior was a box-to-box, 80 minute player, who had a galvanizing effect on all around her. Named to the Naperville Invite All-Tournament team ahead of first time All-Area, all-sectional and all-MSL honors. Will play next year at SIU-Carbondale.

Jennifer Norris FremdVikings keeper has a list of honors too long to print, but the biggest to date is being named All-State and All-Midwest after a superb junior season which included being named as the lone keeper on the 2019 Daily Herald All-Area team. "Jennifer is one of the best in the state in my opinion," said Fremd coach Steve Keller. "She makes all the saves she is supposed to, while making the big ones when called upon. In 1,705 minutes, she had a 0.49 goals against average and 14 shutouts this season. A two-time all-MSL choice.

Neida Ocampo ConantThis two-year starter turned her game into one of the best at her position to become a key figure for the Cougars. "Neida is one of the most skillful and creative players in the MSL who this season added some toughness and ball winning to her game," said Conant coach Jason Franco. This adept dribbler of slight stature is a high energy player, with a keen eye. She scored 9 goals and had 9 assists. All-Area, all-MSL first timer.

Elizabeth Prigge FremdA player who works hard, and plays hard, this two-year starter was a perfect piece in the Vikings' back line. "Liz is a feisty, tenacious defender who plays with a chip on her shoulder and has the ability to shut down many of the opponent's top players," said coach Steve Keller. "She is always in position to cover our midfielder and back lines, and her ability to track in our defensive half is second to none." This first-time All-Area, all-sectional, all-MSL has 2 goals and 6 assists thus far in her career.

Bridget Reynolds Buffalo GroveYet another young central defender whose presence along the back ensures a comfort level for her teammates. "Bridget cleans up so much in our back line, but what has made her go to a different level is her foot skills and distribution, which she has worked so hard with," said BG coach Pat Dudle. The MVP of the Bison, and the fastest of all according to Dudle during his 12 years in charge. The sophomore is an All-Area, all-MSL, all-sectional first timer.

Madi Rosen BarringtonFour-year starter, three-time all-MSL defender would earn a trio of well deserved postseason awards. The Loyola Chicago-bound Fillies co-captain shared MSL West POY honors, then was named all-state, and most recently, anointed captain of the 2019 Daily Herald All-Area team. "In my opinion, Madi is the best left-outside back in the state," said Barrington coach Ryan Strengren. "She is an excellent 1v1 defender, has great awareness and tactical knowledge, serves a ball like a D-1 player, but most of all, is a wonderful person and team leader." Her 22 career assists illustrates just how dynamic the senior is in a soccer program so highly respected.

Allison Schaar SchaumburgSaxons captain impressed coach Greg Charvat from the her very first day of training. "Al has been my center-midfielder since her freshman year, and she will missed greatly next season. She will be remembered as a highly dedicated and gifted player who left her heart and soul on the field each time out," Charvat said. Work rate second to none for this two-time all-MSL senior, who was also named all-sectional, and all-area for the first time. Will play at Moraine Valley Community College in the fall. Had 21 goals and 22 assists during her four years.

Chloe Sena HerseyHuskies leading scorer found the net 14 times. "Chloe continues to develop as a top caliber player," said Huskies coach Mike Rusniak. "Her style of play is not only relentless but tenacious, often frustrating opponents with her work rate and willingness to take on contact." Six assists this season give the junior 15 in her career to go along with 21 goals. First time All-Area, all-sectional, all-MSL honors.

Rebecca Shomaker BarringtonThis clinical midfielder, who has the knack of finding her way into the box. went from 3 goals a year ago, to leading the club with an even dozen. The first-time All-Area, all-MSL player is a sharp tackler, and solid in breaking up play. "Rebecca has that sneaky kind of speed, with and without the ball, and it allows here to surprise our opponents in so many different ways," says Barrington coach Ryan Stengren."

Emma Spotak Fremd

Returning from club for her senior year was just what the doctor ordered for the Vikings "Emma puts so much pressure on the defense of our opponents because of her nonstop work rate and determination to track down balls or press that few teams can manage," said coach Steve Keller. First time all-area, all-sectional, all-area forward bagged 7 goals this year, most coming when the Vikings needed them most.

Tina Suto ProspectTwo-year starter is cut from the old-fashioned defensive midfielder because her strength, size and relentless pursuit of the ball. "Tina was our shield, providing a strong, physical, and technical presence at the position," said Knights coach Tom Froats. "She was fearless in the air, trained and played hard, led by example, always holding high expectations for herself and teammates." First-time all-area, all-sectional, all-MSL senior scored 6 goals in her career and will attend Miami of Ohio in the fall.

Ashley Welk ProspectThis two-time all-area, all-sectional star enjoyed a brilliant final season for the Knights, scoring 12 goals to give her 34 in her career. "Ashley is a special player, but even more so as a person," said coach Tom Froats. "She is a rare blend of talent, ability, hard work and class, with a remarkable soccer IQ. Named MSL East co-Player of the Year. Will play next season at Marion University in Wisconsin.

Lauren Burk
Laura Burkhardt
Alexa Davis
Samantha DeJulio
Jen Devona
Delaney Hoye
Alexa Joshi
Maddie Kuffel
Sarah Magnoni
Stephanie Mazurek
Payton McDonnell
Juliana Moreno
Christy Murauskis
Jennifer Norris
Neida Ocampo
Elizabeth Prigge
Bridget Reynolds
Madi Rosen
Allison Schaar
Chloe Sena
Rebecca Shomaker
Emma Spotek
Tina Suto
Ashley Welk
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