Boys Soccer: Five to Watch

Julio Arias, jr., F, Woodstock

Arias was a central part of the Blue Streaks offense last season. The junior forward scored 16 goals, giving all defenses trouble. Coach Mike Golda said he was amazed at the ways Arias was able to keep poise at a young age and find the back of the net.

Beau Meintz, sr., D,

Marian Central

Meintz is the rock of the Hurricanes’ defense. The versatile defender can be put anywhere on the field for coach Jim Colvin. Marian Central had a 1.70 goals against average last season in large part to Meintz’s presence.

Jose Gonzalez, sr., GK,


Gonzalez was the netminder for a D-C team that had an undefeated regular season. Their season fell short of expectations, but there is no doubt that Gonzalez will be a tough one to get the ball past this year.

Charlie Ruff, sr., MF,

Crystal Lake South

Ruff is the senior leader of a Gators team that will rely heavily on experience of its seniors. The senior midfielder can contribute on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and coach Brian Allen says can be a good mentor to newcomers on the right way to play the game.

Michael Chen, jr., F

Crystal Lake Central

Chen was an important part of the Tigers’ offense last season. The junior forward scored 10 goals last season and earned second-team all area. Chen hopes to leads the Tigers to a strong season, competing for the conference championship. Chen is also the kicker of the Tigers football team.

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