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'Student of the game' Casey May heads All-Area Girls Soccer West Team

Miami-Ohio recruit switches from defense to forward to lead Red Devils to state finals

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 8:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT
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(Matthew Piechalak)
Hinsdale Central's Casey May scored 16 goals in her first year as a forward for the Red Devils. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

HINSDALE – Casey May is a coach’s dream.

The recent Hinsdale Central graduate is smart, speedy and a talented soccer player.

“She’s a soccer player,” Central coach Michael Smith said. “There are some girls who play soccer on the weekends because that’s a thing to do, but she is someone who is a student of the game.”

May got even more inside the game this season. Headed to Miami (Ohio) to continue her soccer career next season, May will play along the back line for the RedHawks. This season with the Red Devils, she switched from defender to forward and helped the Red Devils to their first state finals appearance since 2009.

“It’s definitely a change in mindset,” May said. “When you’re a back, you’re more defensive minded and the ball comes to you a lot. As an attacking player, you need to have momentum to create opportunities. It definitely helps with versatility knowing both aspects of the game.”

In Central’s 3-0 sectional semifinal win against Benet, May scored the first and third goals and assisted on the other score. She found the back of the net 38 seconds into the game when the Red Devils topped Lyons Township, 3-1, for the sectional title, and she added another goal later in the game. And when Central topped Sandburg for the supersectional crown and the berth in the state finals, May scored the game’s opening goal just over five minutes into the game.

May’s penchant for scoring during the postseason was even more impressive considering her position switch, but it was something she was building toward since she scored her first goal of the season March 28 against Elk Grove.

“It wasn’t just some goal where I shot it and it was a lucky goal,” she said. “It was one that was created off of something I did as a forward and that’s really when I felt like, OK, I can really play this position. That was like my aha moment.”

Just as important as May’s ability to put the ball in the back of the net was her role as a leader for on a team that was nearly evenly split between seniors (nine on the team) and underclassmen (six freshmen and sophomores).

“She’s a team player. She’s a player who I could ask to play any position, and there’s no moaning or complaining. She just wants to play,” Smith said. “She’s a leader with her poise and her humility. She’ll speak and direct and organize the girls, but she lets her play speak volumes.” 

Meet the 2013 Girls Soccer All-Area Team:

Kelly Fritz

School:
Lemont

Year in school: Junior

The Indians' athletic goalkeeper is a three-year starter and two-time all-sectional selection. This spring, with help from a stellar defense, she allowed just 18 goals while posting 16 shutouts.

Nicole Janowiak

School:
Downers Grove South

Year in school: Senior

A big cog in the Mustangs' offense, Janowiak made the most of her opportunities and led the team in scoring with 12 goals to go along with three assists. Janowiak earned West Suburban Gold all-conference and all-academic honors and was named all-sectional.

Jenn Jarmy

School:
Hinsdale Central

Year in school: Senior

A consistent and confident player moving forward or dropping back, this midfielder finished the season as one of the Red Devils' leading scorers (14 goals, seven assists) and an integral part of a defense that surrendered only 16 goals and won 14 games, including supersectional and state semifinals games, via shutout this season.

Kim Jerantowski

School:
Lemont

Year in school: Junior

One of the top midfielders in the area, this Northwestern recruit leaves an imprint on every game she plays. Tenacious and ultra-competitive, Jerantowski can do it all on a soccer field and totaled 21 goals and 17 assists this spring while leading Lemont to the Class 2A state tournament.

Gianna Marconi

School:
Downers Grove North

Year in school: Junior

On a team that turned to its young players this season, Marconi was a standout among that group. She led the team with seven goals and was also a leader in the Trojans' points system that tracked shots, winning 50-50 balls and other intangibles. Marconi earned West Suburban Silver all-conference and all-sectional honors this spring.

Casey May

School:
Hinsdale Central

Year in school: Senior

A first-team all-state selection and West Suburban Silver all-conference pick, May tallied 16 goals and six assists in a season in which she transitioned from defense to forward. She scored five goals in three consecutive playoff games and helped the Red Devils to an undefeated WSS title.

Michelle Morefield

School:
Benet

Year in school: Junior

Morefield made things move in Benet's midfield this season, and with her guidance the Redwings enjoyed separate five- and seven-game winning streaks as they went on to win a regional title. She earned East Suburban Catholic all-conference and all-sectional honors.

Vanessa Niestrom

School:
Hinsdale South

Year in school: Senior

Only three times did this consistent goalie allow more than two goals this season and seven times she won via shutout, including 5-0 in a regional semifinal game. Niestrom was an all-sectional selection.

Meghan Schick

School:
Hinsdale Central

Year in school: Junior

In her midfield role, Schick provided a crucial link between Central's solid back line and talented forwards all season long. Schick finished with nine goals and seven assists, and was a key piece of the Red Devils' trip to the state tournament (she scored their goal in the state championship game) and was named all-sectional.

Nikia Smith

School:
Bolingbrook

Year in school: Junior

When the Raiders lost their striker to an ACL injury early in the season, it placed even more importance on the defense, and this speedy Northwestern-bound defender delivered. Bolingbrook posted 10 shutouts and yielded only 22 goals. Smith was named SouthWest Suburban all-conference and all-sectional.

Skyler Tomko

School:
Lisle

Year in school: Senior

There is no shortage of accolades to describe Tomko: Four-time Interstate Eight all-conference, three-year captain, two-time team MVP and the second leading scorer in program history. The forward led the team with 26 goals and seven assists this season.

HONORABLE MENTION
Benet:
Katie Baumann, Emma Hlavin, Amanda Kaiser

Bolingbrook: Caroline Harvey, Andrea Sanchez

Downers Grove North: Kaitlin Gunderson, Emma Krick, Heather Muno, Christina Siddu

Downers Grove South: Brittany Dietz, Autumn Rasmussen, Kelly Stapleton, Stephanie Zurales

Hinsdale Central: Katie Camden, Alison Cerny, Madeline Engelking, Riley Glenn, Caitlin Smith

Hinsdale South: Brenda Maugeri, Jessica Mutters, Julie Vezzani

Lemont: Wendy Mazur, Nicole McKevitt, Aleksandra Mihailovic

Lisle: Vanessa Roach, Ashleigh Zurek

Westmont: Brianna Gilley

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