Boys soccer: Beacon-News All-Area team
November 12, 2012 4:50PM
Kaneland's Anthony Parillo (5) battles with Chris Rodriguez of Burlington Central. | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media
Oswego East, Sr.
Alex Gill, Kaneland, Sr.
Metea Valley, Sr.
Hinckley-Big Rock, Sr.
Waubonsie Valley, Sr.
Beck Nebergall, Geneva, Sr.
Waubonsie Valley, Sr.
Robert Schurz, IMSA, Sr.
Updated: December 14, 2012 6:08AM
Bernie Conley, Hinckley-Big Rock, Sr., Forward — Compiled team-worthy numbers to lead area in points (98), goals (37) and assists (24) in order to become The Beacon-News 2012 Player of the Year. One of only three Class 1A players on the 60-member IHSSCA All-State squad, he entered the season as a marked man which led to him nearly doubling (24) his previous career assists (29). Leaves as H-BR’s No. 3 all-time goal scorer (132), part of 312 career points after leading the 21-4 Royals to a third-place state finish.
Artan Emini, Yorkville, Sr., Forward — IHSSCA All-Section 10 honoree powered the Foxes to a stellar 15-5 record and a solid third-place showing in the Northern Illinois Big 12 while finishing third in the area for points (60) and goals (25). He tied for 10th in assists with 10. Team MVP topped the list of four Yorkville players garnering all-conference distinction.
Chris Freeman, Metea Valley, Jr., Forward — Expected to be one of two encore All-Area players in 2013 after a stellar junior campaign that culminated with IHSSCA All-Section 3 accolades. An all-UEC Valley pick and the area’s No. 14 point producer (12 goals, 5 assists for 29 points), he was described by coach Joshua Robinson as a “catalyst” in the Mustangs’ run to the sectional final. Robinson noted Freeman’s “pace and ability to take guys on at speed” combined with his scoring talent and ability to assist others “make him extremely dangerous.”
Gabe Gongora, Metea Valley, Sr., Goalkeeper — The Beacon-News All-Area goalie raised his game in postseason to serve as a more accurate gauge of his ability than his 1.35 goals-against-average with 4.5 shutouts. Coach Joshua Robinson pointed to consecutive shutouts in the regional championship versus West Chicago and the sectional semifinal triumph over Wheaton Warrenville South as further evidence. The team captain was also cited as a rare keeper with field abilities having tallied a goal and two assists.
Curtis Grysiewicz, Oswego, Sr., Midfielder-Forward — The Panthers’ leader for points (29) and goals (12) accounted for half Oswego’s offense in earning IHSSCA All-Section 10 plus All-Southwest Prairie Conference status. Coach Travis Carlisle notes his “rare combination of speed and power” as well as “high level of technical ability” for an Olympic Development Program player who also boasts 34 career goals with Chicago Fire Juniors.
Kyle Hatton, Somonauk, Sr., Defender — The IHSSCA All-Section 3 defender was unanimously chosen for third straight All-Little Ten Conference status. Coach Dave Erasmus said the 18-3-2 Bobcats “went 20 games without a loss with him at center back.” The four-year starter and two-time captain was a vital part of 12 straight wins and nine shutouts, plus LTC regular season (7-0) and tourney titles. He also slipped up field for seven goals and two assists.
Abraham Kanneh, East Aurora, Sr., Midfielder — Only All-Area repeat pick having again been an offensive force for a Tomcat program that won or shared the UEC Valley Division title for third straight campaign. Ranked eighth in area for points (44), tied for ninth in goals (16) and tied for third in assists (12). He was one of eight juniors on last year’s IHSSCA All-State squad after All-Section status for the previous two seasons. Coach Javier Hernandez called him “the most complete athlete I have coached, hands down.”
Anthony Parillo, Kaneland, Jr., Midfielder — He joins Bernie Conley as the area’s only two IHSSCA All-State honorees. Parillo is one of just nine juniors within the 60-member unit. He ranked ninth in the area in points (44) and tied for sixth in goals (19). The coach’s son is committed to surpassing this year’s team success of a first-ever regional plaque.
Daniel Rotolo, West Aurora, Sr., Midfielder — Another undersized (5-6) competitor whose impact was impossible to overlook during the Blackhawks’ 9-9-3 season. He helped West overcome early injuries playing everywhere on field and then settled in as an attack mid for a 6-1-4 finish that included an upset of DVC co-champ Naperville North and a first-round upset of regional host Neuqua Valley. IHSSCA All-Section 10 pick had 28 points (7 goals, 14 assists), but was the “heart and soul” of the Blackhawks according to veteran coach Joe Sustersic.
Frankie Saiz, Waubonsie Valley, Sr., Forward — IHSSCA All-Section 3 honoree was described by coach Angelo DiBernardo as the “heart” of the offense that helped spark the Warriors’ surge in the second half of season. All-UEC Valley Division selection led the team in points (33) and goals (14) as Waubonsie Valley (13-7-1) claimed its own invite as part of an eight-match win streak that ended in the regional final against eventual Class 3A runner-up Naperville Central.
Matt Switzer, Marmion, Sr., Defender-Midfielder — Was Honorable Mention All-Area last year when the Cadets were loaded with talent and took fourth in the Class 2A state finals, but became an All-Area standout for a 2012 Marmion unit that moved up to 3A. IHSSCA All-Section 10 and repeat All-Suburban Christian Conference honoree for 13-7-2 Cadets, who compiled a 12-match unbeaten string (10-0-2) before losing the SCC title bout to Wheaton Academy.
— Steve Nemeth