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Boys Soccer All-Area Team

Updated: January 14, 2013 7:26AM



Carmelo Morales

Crown Point, Jr., forward

By the numbers: 20 goals,
8 assists

Skinny: Broke out for the Bulldogs, consistently producing — never had more than two goals in a game, but recorded at least a goal or an assist in every game in which they scored.

Josh Crague

Lake Central, Sr., forward

By the numbers: 10 goals,
7 assists

Skinny: The undisputed on- and off-the-field leader for the Indians, carrying them after they were decimated by graduation, injury and players leaving for academies. Turned in a jaw-dropping hat trick in LC’s upset of Crown Point in a regional semifinal, after the Indians won their 10th straight sectional.

Mike Gore

Andrean, Jr., forward

By the numbers: 18 goals,
10 assists

Skinny: Emerged as the 59ers’ focal point on offense — with another season remaining.

Billy Biehl

Chesterton, So., forward/midfielder

By the numbers: 12 goals,
9 assists

Skinny: Talented youngster for the Trojans is already getting recruited by Division I schools.

Josh Aaron

LaPorte, Sr., forward

By the numbers: 17 goals,
4 assists

Skinny: The Slicers’ go-to guy came through despite typically getting man-marked, also set the school record with 52 career goals.

Nick Cossyleon

Munster, Sr., forward/midfielder

By the numbers: 18 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: Shined in his return after missing last season with a knee injury, leaving his mark as the Mustangs’ leading scorer.

Gonzalo Romo

Bishop Noll, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 12 goals,
12 assists

Skinny: Creative, strong and quick player stepped to the forefront to lead the Warriors to a superb season that included an NWISC title.

Luke Kovar

Valparaiso, Jr., midfielder

By the numbers: 8 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: Formidable center midfielder for the Vikings is capable of orchestrating the offense, as well as defending (such as when he moved to stopper to fill in for an injured teammate).

Alex Becker

Portage, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 10 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: Centerpiece for the Indians often seemed to be all over the field.

Tony Zervos

Crown Point, Sr., defender

By the numbers: Part of
defense that had 1.36 GAA,
8 shutouts

Skinny: Heart and soul of the Bulldogs, anchoring them in the back throughout his standout career.

Daniel Curiel

Clark, Sr., defender

By the numbers: 9 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: Primarily a back, the Pioneers’ workhorse played virtually every position at one time or another this season.

Ethan Lehnen

Valparaiso, Sr., goalkeeper

By the numbers: 0.71 GAA, 11 shutouts

Skinny: First-time starter made the most of his opportunity, proving especially clutch as the Vikings won both of their regional games in penalty kicks.

Yamen Atassi

Valparaiso, Sr., forward

By the numbers: 7 goals,
7 assists

Skinny: Dynamic player went out on a high note for the Vikings, triumphantly returning after missing most of the previous two seasons with assorted injuries — he even played through much of this season with a broken arm.

Jonathan Blake

Chesterton, Jr., forward/midfielder

By the numbers: 8 goals,
3 assists

Skinny: Speedy, skillful player was instrumental in the Trojans having another excellent season.

Patrick Cannon

Marquette, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 42 goals,
14 assists

Skinny: Had a monster season for the Blazers that included a school record for goals, spearheading their fine season that included a stunning PK win against Andrean in a sectional final.

Martin Mitreski

Crown Point, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 8 goals,
10 assists

Skinny: Tough center midfielder was a primary distributor for the Bulldogs, helping them win their second straight sectional title after their 2011 state title, as well as a share of the DAC title.

Drake Bowers

Munster, Sr., midfielder/forward

By the numbers: 12 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: A main cog for the
Mustangs as they won their state-record 11th straight sectional title and 12th in 13 years.

Nico Garcia-Vicente

Crown Point, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 2 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: Technically sound player sacrificed stats for the betterment of the Bulldogs; winger would have put up bigger numbers at forward or center midfield.

Luis Sanchez

Merrillville, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 8 goals,
6 assists

Skinny: Quality player in the middle sparked the Pirates.

Kyle Costa

Andrean, Sr., midfielder

By the numbers: 4 goals,
4 assists

Skinny: Key player as the 59ers had a stellar season that included their first NCC title, after Munster had won each of the first five.

Aaron Garza

Bishop Noll, Jr., midfielder

By the numbers: 7 goals, 6 assists

Skinny: Flourished for the Warriors despite missing time because of injuries and sickness. Should take on an even increased role next season.

Chase Holford

Valparaiso, Sr., defender

By the numbers: Part of defense that had 0.71 GAA, 11 shutouts

Skinny: Terrific sweeper was a major reason the Vikings advanced to a semistate semifinal after winning their first regional since 2005, second straight sectional and a share of the DAC.

Keith Radzik

Chesterton, Sr., defender

By the numbers: 4 goals, 2 assists; part of defense that allowed 0.75 GAA, 8 shutouts

Skinny: Solid back for the Trojans also could push forward if necessary.

Evan Kattan

Munster, Sr., goalkeeper

By the numbers: 0.95 GAA,
7 shutouts

Skinny: Commanding presence in goal for the Mustangs, stood tall with an almost entirely new defense in front of him.Honorable mention

Andrean — Matt Anderson, Mike Croux, Dave Zuccarelli

Bishop Noll — Will Kasprzycki, Robert Lorenz, Ryan Cloghessy

Boone Grove — Jake Wright, Shaw Heistand, Austin Aguilera, Nick Azevedo

Chesterton — Kody Lobsiger, Zach Froman, Jesse Mudd, Caleb Gmyrek

Clark — Alejandro Contreras, Brian Ortega, Nixon Amaya

Covenant Christian — Justin Handtke, Mitchell Zeilenga, Francisco Pineiro

Crown Point — Zach Sneiderwine, Alex Fenn, Aleksandar Trifunovic

East Chicago Central — Graciano Santos, Hugo Cuellar, Efrain Santos

Gavit — Carlos Valle

Griffith — Thomas Kudyba, Andrew Rothchild, David Schell

Hammond — Hairon Sosa, Eduardo Navarro, Luis Serrano, Omar Ramos

Hanover Central — Rudy Grill, Alec Nirtaut

Hebron — Grant Morrow, Richie Botts

Highland — Oakley O’Day, Danny Alamillo, Johnny Toweson

Hobart — Matt Plesac

Kankakee Valley — Luis Cazares, Justin Eger, Jacob Swartz

Kouts — Jordan Greavu, Jesse Crider

Lake Central — Joey Majchrowicz, Ulises Hernandez, Adam VanMilligan

LaPorte — Nick Tobar, Carter Huber, Tyler Kuzdas

Lowell — Luke Ison

Marquette — William Connelly, Jack Disser, Ambrose Haas

Merrillville — Austin Jamerson, Miguel Lagunas

Michigan City — Erik Stevenson, Stephen Cass, Stephen Plew

Morgan Township — Adam Rettinger, Braden Hirstein

Morton — Rudy Grasha

Munster —Demetri Georgalas, Peter Panos, Daniel Riggs

Portage — Logan Cole, Nate Johnson, Ben Schaefer

Rensselaer — Troy Phillips, Simmeon Gastineau

Valparaiso — Isaac Withrow, John Christodoulakis, Tommy Billings

Washington Township — Nick Moskwa

Westville — Austin Swistek

Wheeler — Austin Sloboda, Ben Nettels, Joey DeSimone



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