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Meet the girls soccer all-area east team

Here are Suburban Life Media's 2014 girls soccer selections

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:40 a.m. CDT
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Jamie Kovatchis
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Jessica Bianchi
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Tiffany Brinkman
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Catherine Kent
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Lauren Carroll
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Alyssa Kovatchis
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Erin Maloney
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Brittany Paganucci
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Kelly Ravenscraft
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Alex Ruffer
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Grace Vitek

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.

Jessica Bianchi

School: York

Year: Junior

Impact: The speedy forward proved to be more than just a good point guard for the basketball team. The varsity newcomer burst onto the scene as a tough matchup thanks to her speed and earned Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-sectional honors for her efforts.

Tiffany Brinkman

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: Brinkman was a strong and physical player as a central midfielder for the Warriors. The senior was an IHSSCA all-sectional honorable mention pick this spring.

Lauren Carroll

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: Willowbrook's captain and top defender was the leader at the back for the Warriors. She finishes her career as a two-time IHSSCA all-sectional player.

Catherine Kent

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: The Loyola recruit showed her creative talent in midfield and ability on the ball on a regular basis for the Dukes. She returned to York this season after not playing high school soccer her junior year and made a big impact on the team.

Alyssa Kovatchis

School: York

Year: Junior

Impact: The Colorado State commit has already made a name for herself as an attacker and figures to be one of the best returning talents in the state next season. The IHSSCA all-sectional player scored a big goal in the regional final to help York take home a plaque.

Jamie Kovatchis

School: York

Year: Junior

Impact: Jamie Kovatchis doesn't do the flashy plays her sister can, but she does all the dirty work to allow York's creative players to shine. She is a solid defender who is also a free kick specialist from long distance.

Erin Maloney

School: IC Catholic

Year: Junior

Impact: Described by coach Tod Privett as one of the hardest workers and smartest players on his team. Maloney did the dirty work as a defensive midfielder protecting the Knights' back line and helping IC win a second straight Class 1A sectional title.

Brittany Paganucci

School: Glenbard East

Year: Sophomore

Impact: Paganucci had a strong varsity debut as a freshman, but took her game to another level this season with 18 goals and 15 assists. As a result, she was just one of two sophomores named IHSSCA all-sectional in DuPage County.

Kelly Ravenscraft

School: Glenbard East

Year: Senior

Impact: The senior defender led the Rams' back line as one of the team's most experienced players. She was a three-year varsity player and was honorable mention all-sectional pick this spring.

Alex Ruffer

School: Glenbard East

Year: Senior

Impact: The all-area MVP leaves Glenbard East as an all-state midfielder and the first Division I player to come out of the Rams' program. Ruffer scored 20 goals and dished out 22 assists to help the Rams set a program record for wins in a season.

Grace Vitek

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: One of the most prolific scorers in the area, Vitek totaled 30 goals and 22 assists. She carried the Knights as the only senior on the team. She hopes to continue her career as a walk on at Pepperdine in the fall.

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Addison Trail: Maria DeSantiago, Petra Kyriakopoulos

Glenbard East: Corie Ewoldt, Maria Berrum

IC Catholic: Hannah Hartnett, Tessa Langan

Montini: Katelyn Pietras, Valerie Sanchez

Timothy Christian: Sarah Dirkse, Juliana Stremler, Annika Zeilstra

Willowbrook: Jessica Budig

York: Anne DiCanio

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