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Talent abounds for 2014 Central Dupage All-Area soccer team

Here are Suburban Life Media's 2014 girls soccer selections

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:40 a.m. CDT
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Lyndi Armstrong
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Alyssa Cantore
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Ariana DePinto
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Ava Fickle
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AJ Jakuszewski
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Kayla Kirkwood
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Michaela Miglio
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Lexi Pelafas
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Ashley Pogue
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Molly Thorson
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Taylor Van Thournout

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.

Lyndi Armstrong

School: Wheaton North

Year: Senior

Impact: A four-year varsity player, this senior established herself as one of the top outside defenders in the area. Described by her coach as playing with great speed, confidence and understanding of the game, Armstrong was named to the DuPage Valley all-conference team.

Alyssa Cantore

School: Glenbard West

Year: Senior

Impact: A versatile player, this senior saw time as both a defender and a forward. An all-sectional selection, as well as a member of both the West Suburban Silver all-conference and WSS all-academic teams, Cantore finished the 2014 season with eight goals.

Ariana DePinto

School: Glenbard North

Year: Junior

Impact: One of the team's most athletic players, DePinto was a varsity veteran in goal for the Panthers. The junior posted 11 shutouts this spring, including a 3-0 win against Glenbard West in a Class 3A regional semifinal, and was a key piece in one of the program's best seasons in recent memory.

Ava Fickle

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Sophomore

Impact: Moving into the starting lineup this spring after sitting out last season (due to transfer requirements), this sophomore proved to be an excellent center defender for the Tigers. Fickle's performance was rewarded by selection to both the all-sectional and DuPage Valley all-conference teams.

AJ Jakuszewski

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Junior

Impact: This junior had another outstanding season for the Tigers, leading the squad with eight goals and 19 total points. She was named all-state by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association and DuPage Valley all-conference team.

Kayla Kirkwood

School: West Chicago

Year: Junior

Impact: A stabilizing force for a young Wildcats team this spring, this junior was an offensive threat from her midfield position. Second on West Chicago with nine goals, this all-sectional and Upstate Eight all-conference selection also had eight assists.

Michaela Miglio

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: A four-year varsity player for the Raiders, this senior ended her high school soccer career by being named the MVP of the Metro Suburban Conference. Miglio topped Glenbard South with 19 goals while adding six assists as the Raiders went undefeated in the MSC.

Lexi Pelafas

School: Wheaton North

Year: Junior

Impact: The main offensive threat for the Falcons, this junior had a hand in over 75 percent of her team's goals. An all-state pick by the IHSSCA and a DuPage Valley all-conference selection, Pelafas scored 18 goals and had eight assists.

Ashley Pogue

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: A four-year varsity performer for the Panthers, this all-sectional selection was their unquestioned offensive leader. Pogue found the back of the net 16 times in 2014 while also contributing 12 assists, some of which came off her lengthy throw-ins. Pogue was an IHSSCA all-sectional pick.

Molly Thorson

School: Wheaton Academy

Year: Junior

Impact: This junior center back was the key to the Warriors' defense. Described by her coach as a great ball winner and a huge presence in the goal box with her sure-footed clearing and heading ability, Thorson was both a first team all-sectional and Suburban Christian all-conference pick.

Taylor VanThournout

School: St. Francis

Year: Senior

Impact: A freshman contributor on the Spartans team that won the state title back in 2011, VanThournout has continued to be in integral part of the St. Francis program. This spring, the Suburban Christian all-conference performer was the team's leading scorer, averaging nearly a goal a game.

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Glenbard North: Arianna Callard, Marissa Ferreri, Rachel McDonnell, Emily Merkle

Glenbard South: Stephanie Brennen, Kiersten Wallerstadt

Glenbard West: Alex Levin, Zoe Pearson

St. Francis: Corky Hart, Andrea Ravlin

West Chicago: Shelly Molskow, Katie Reitz

Wheaton Academy: Abby Olson, Gretchen Pearson

Wheaton North: Emily Barry, Monica Tyler

Wheaton Warrenville South: Abbey Fuster, Caroline Holmes

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