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Meet the all-area soccer south team

Suburban Life Media's 2014 girls soccer selections features players from Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers North, Downers South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont and Lisle

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:39 a.m. CDT
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Elisabetta Bifero
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Alison Cerny
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Lily Chetosky
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Kelly Fritz
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Kim Jerantowski
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Gianna Marconi
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Val Melo
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Michelle Morefield
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Ava Porlier
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Nikia Smith
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Sarah Warren

The girls soccer season wrapped up Saturday with a pair of state title games. With the season in the books, it's the perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the top players from locals schools with the 2014 girls soccer all-area team.

Elisabetta Bifero

School: Hinsdale South

Year: Senior

Impact: A key piece of South's stingy back line that made life tough on opponents, Bifero was an ace at cutting off attacking runs. With the all-sectional selection along the back line, the Hornets won 13 games by shutout, including four in the postseason as they reached the state finals.

Alison Cerny

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Impact: A midfielder with a nose for the goal, Cerny was a key piece to the Red Devils' attack and finished the season with seven goals and four assists as Central won a regional title. The Washington University recruit was an IHSSCA all-sectional selection

Lily Chetosky

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Senior

Impact: Central's defense was tough all season, and Chetosky was a key cog on the back line. The outside defender was part of a unit that allowed just 16 goals all season and held 11 opponents scoreless. The Valparaiso recruit was West Suburban Silver all-conference.

Kelly Fritz

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: Described by her coach as the heart and soul of the team, this four-year goalkeeper was very rarely scored upon. An IHSSCA all-state selection, Fritz posted 20 shutouts this spring and she will continue her soccer career at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Kim Jerantowski

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: One of the top players in the state, this senior did it all on the soccer field for the Indians. Helping Lemont to three supersectional berths and two trips to the state semifinals in her four years, the IHSSCA all-state selection scored 28 goals this spring. She will play for Northwestern in the fall.

Gianna Marconi

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Impact: The Colorado State recruit put together one of the finest seasons North has seen, both on and off the field. She led the way for the Trojans on the field with 19 goals and 17 assists. Off the field, she was IHSSCA all-state, West Suburban Silver all-conference and Chicago Fire all-state academic.

Val Melo

School: Lisle

Year: Senior

Impact: Dubbed Lisle's best player by head coach Paul Kohorn, Melo had a goal and two assists this season, but she was most valuable on defense. She was the captain of the back row that helped Lisle post 12 shutouts this season. Interstate Eight all-conference for the second straight year, she will play at Augustana.

Michelle Morefield

School: Benet

Year: Senior

Impact: The key cog in Benet's midfield as the Redwings transitioned to a more offensive-minded gameplan, Morefield was the main distributor on the attack but was also able to finish her own goals. A solid two-way player, Morefield was an IHSSCA all-sectional pick.

Ava Porlier

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Impact: A key presence for the Mustangs, Porlier was equally strong moving forward in the attack or dropping back to defend. Thanks in part to Porlier's strong two-way play, the Mustangs won their 12th consecutive West Suburban Gold title, going 6-0 and outscoring their conference opponents 30-0.

Nikia Smith

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: On her first three years on the Raiders' varsity, Smith made her name as a defender. This season, she moved to forward and sparked Bolingbrook's more offensive-minded attack by leading the team in goals. The Northwestern recruit was IHSSCA all-state and SouthWest Suburban Blue all-conference.

Sarah Warren

School: Hinsdale South

Year: Senior

Impact: In her only season of high school soccer, the all-state selection anchored Hinsdale South's defense and helped guide the Hornets to their first state trophy. Warren's speed and instincts made it hard for opponents to generate and sustain attacking pressure.

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Benet: Rachel Bernicky, Emma Hlavin, Jacquie Kaufman

Bolingbrook: Caroline Harvey, Rachel Schneider

Downers Grove North: Mary Doro, Mary Rounce

Downers Grove South: Lori Niehaus, Stephanie Zurales

Hinsdale Central: Kaitlyn Livingston, Alex Otto, Erin Smith

Hinsdale South: Courtney Cavalli, Jean Cote, Cassie Jensen, Cali Vanderplow

Lemont: Aleksandra Mihailovic

Lisle: Kelsey Kretman, Kara Laue, Calli Tomko

Westmont: Brianna Gilley

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