Meet the 2018 Northwest Herald Boys Soccer All-Area Team.
Alex Canfield, Crystal Lake South, jr., F – Canfield scored 31 goals and added seven assists for the IHSA Class 2A state champion Gators. He earned the 2018 Northwest Herald Boys Soccer Player of the Year award. He also earned All-State honors from the IHSSCA.
Adrian Gorostieta, Harvard, sr., F – Harvard’s leading goal scorer notched 28 goals and 13 assists. Harvard won the Kishwaukee River Conference and a Class 2A regional title.
Noah Smeja, Prairie Ridge, sr., F – Smeja’s 17 goals led Prairie Ridge. He also had eight assists. Coach Mark Lewis said Smeja was “ridiculously good for us this season.”
Caleb Warmbier, Woodstock, sr., M/F – Warmbier’s 18 goals and 16 assists paced the Blue Streaks. Woodstock finished second in the KRC behind Harvard and lost a heartbreaking 1-0 regional title match to Boylan Catholic.
Jack Fairwood, Hampshire, sr., M – A four-year varsity player, Fairwood has “first-rate foot skills,” according to coach Rick Schuster. Fairwood was Hampshire’s engine in the midfield.
Johnny O’Connor, Jacobs, jr., M – A speedy midfielder, O’Connor helped the Golden Eagles overcome early-season struggles to finish third in the FVC and reach a Class 3A regional championship game.
Andrew Edge, Crystal Lake South, sr., D – Coach Brian Allen called Edge South’s “best one-on-one defender.” He had three goals and 12 assists and was the Gators’ go-to penalty kick shooter at the state finals, scoring a PK during regulation in both the semifinal and championship matches.
Nick Langdon, Crystal Lake South, sr., D – Langdon was a team captain and a leader for the Gators’ defense, which recorded 14 shutouts. He scored six goals and added 11 assists, lofty numbers for a defender.
Marcos Morales, Harvard, sr., D – Harvard coach Victor Gonzalez said Morales “anchored” the Hornets’ defense, which posted 12 shutouts in 2018. Harvard won 13 consecutive games prior to its loss to Vernon Hills in the sectional semifinals.
Jabari Washington, Dundee-Crown, sr., D – Washington roamed the D-C defense for four seasons, earning three All-FVC honors. A strong, sturdy defender, Washington helped D-C win two Class 3A regional titles, including in 2018.
Damian Smiech, Dundee-Crown, sr., GK – Smiech shut out opponents 12 times in 2018. In three postseason games during D-C’s run to the sectional semifinals, Smiech allowed one goal, which came on a penalty kick.
Kolin Fadden, Cary-Grove, sr., F
Austin Snobel, Jacobs, sr., M/F
Liam Armstrong, Jacobs, so., M
Ivan Aviles, Dundee-Crown, sr., M
Ryan Coughlin, Crystal Lake South, sr., M
Roland Dearborn, Dundee-Crown, jr., M
Jack Wruck, Crystal Lake South, sr., M
Oscar Escorza, Woodstock, so., D
Ryan Heileman, Hampshire, jr., D
Matt McCaleb, Crystal Lake South, sr., GK
Joseph Perez, Crystal Lake Central, sr., GK
Mj Alvarez, Johnsburg, sr., M
MacLean Buckley, Woodstock, jr., M
Ricky Cristante, Crystal Lake South, sr., M/D
Billy Cummings, Crystal Lake Central, jr., D
Jonathan DePrey, Marian Central, jr., M
Hugo Escobar, Harvard, sr., GK
Oscar Estrada, Crystal Lake South, sr., GK
Alex Fiorita, McHenry, sr., D
Ivaan Gomez, Harvard, sr., M
Aj Guanci, Woodstock North, sr., GK
Max Kauffman, Prairie Ridge, sr., M
Preston Krahl, Jacobs, jr., GK
Kevin Juanchi, Dundee-Crown, sr., D
Richard Macias, Marengo, sr., F
Mateo Raso, Marian Central, so., F/M
Nate Reinhart, McHenry, jr., F
Brandon Ruffner, Huntley, sr., M
Brayan Sanchez, Harvard, sr., M
Paul Serdar, Marian Central, jr., D
Drew Szydlo, Cary-Grove, jr., M
Cole Vogt, Richmond-Burton, sr., D
Jon Walls, Prairie Ridge, sr., M