Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area boys' soccer

Meet the first team | 2018 N-G All-Area boys' soccer

Caleb Aldridge | Judah Christian, Jr., midfielder

Why he made the team: A catalyst for the offense and defense of a Tribe group that made a surprise run to a Class 1A sectional title match, Aldridge finished with nine goals and a team-best 16 assists.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Adele. ... Before I compete, I eat light carbs and Wood 'n Hog afterward. ... In my dream career, I would play soccer in the Premier League. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Dele Alli. ... My favorite TV show is "Sherlock." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick James Corden, Queen Elizabeth II and Gordon Ramsay.

Three items on my bucket list: Travel to Bali, scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and climb Mt. Everest.

Caleb Bleich | Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin Sibley, Sr., midfielder

Why he made the team: Bleich was the most potent offensive threat for a record-setting Bunnies crew. His 25 goals were first and 11 assists second for a 17-3-1 outfit.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson. ... Before I compete, I eat Skittles and a peanut butter sandwich. ... In my dream career, I would be a neurosurgeon. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, The Rock and Usain Bolt.

Three items on my bucket list: Go skydiving in a wingsuit or with no parachute, climb a mountain and learn to shred waves.

Diego Camarena | Iroquois West, Jr., forward

Why he made the team: The Raiders star dominated all local competitors with 67 goals and ranked second in the area with 21 assists as IW finished 15-6 and a victory short of a Class 1A regional title.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see The Weeknd or Drake. ... Before I compete, I eat chicken and noodles. ... In my dream career, I would be a professional soccer player competing for a big club. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho.

Three items on my bucket list: Play college soccer, run a marathon and go to Europe.

Austin Carr | Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., forward

Why he made the team: Producing 13 more goals than any other Bulldog, Carr finished with 23 and added seven assists as M-S concluded at 15-4-5, one win shy of a Class 2A regional crown.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Juice WRLD. ... Before I compete, I eat usually nothing. ... In my dream career, I would play pro soccer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is biology. ... My favorite athlete is Michael Jordan. ... My favorite TV show is "Naruto." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Charlie Chaplin.

Three items on my bucket list: Visit Japan, visit Hawaii and visit Spain.

Pablo Diaz | Champaign Central, Sr., midfielder

Why he made the team: The Urbana transfer made smooth the Maroons' neutral-zone movements, and he set up teammates like Santiago Rodriguez and Reynaldo Zarco. Diaz's 13 goals and 17 assists rated among Central's leaders during a 21-5 season that produced a Class 2A sectional final appearance.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Travis Scott. ... Before I compete, I eat a banana and an apple. ... In my dream career, I would be a pro soccer player. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Lionel Messi. ... My favorite TV show is "Shameless." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Pele, Seth Rogen and Will Smith.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to the World Cup, skydive and go to Paris.

Albert Lee | Uni High, Sr., forward

Why he made the team: Lee didn't need much space to work, with his efficient movements leading to 15 goals and five assists for the 15-6-3 Illineks, who captured a Class 1A regional championship.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Chance the Rapper. ... Before I compete, I eat donuts and chocolate. ... In my dream career, I would develop wearable tech. ... My favorite subject to study in school is chemistry. ... My favorite athlete is Son Heung Min. ... My favorite TV show is "Rick and Morty." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Matthew Jin, Adam Rebei and Arjun Tangella.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydiving, scuba diving and watching a South Korea World Cup match.

Ethan Mansfield | Mahomet-Seymour, Sr., midfielder

Why he made the team: Integral to both the Bulldogs' offensive and defensive success, Mansfield potted 10 goals with 12 helpers and was a key player in M-S' 1.25 goals-against-per-match average.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see The Weeknd. ... Before I compete, I eat sour Skittles and cashews. ... In my dream career, I would be a physical therapist in a big city. ... My favorite subject to study in school is chemistry. ... My favorite athletes are Gareth Bale and Pat McAfee. ... My favorite TV shows are "Riverdale" and "The Haunting of Hill House." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Gareth Bale, The Weeknd and Eazy-E.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to Wales, meet The Weeknd and go skydiving.

Drew Reifsteck | Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, Jr., midfielder/forward

Why he made the team: Reifsteck was the area's second-leading scorer, posting 35 goals to go with a team-best 13 assists for a Blue Devils bunch that collected a 15-3-1 record on the year.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Juice WRLD. ... Before I compete, I eat fruit. ... In my dream career, I would be president of the United States. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Javier Baez. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi and Theo Epstein.

Three items on my bucket list: Dunk in a basketball game, skydive and watch the United States win the World Cup.

Santiago Rodriguez | Champaign Central, Jr., forward

Why he made the team: Our Player of the Year, according to Maroons coach Nick Clegg, "had an impact in every game that he played." Rodriguez compiled team highs in both goals (30) and assists (19) in a breakout campaign.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Tyler, the Creator. ... Before I compete, I eat a banana and a protein bar. ... In my dream career, I would play pro soccer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is physics. ... My favorite athlete is Luka Modric. ... My favorite TV show is "Parks and Recreation." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo and Pele.

Three items on my bucket list: Skydive, visit every country in Europe and go to El Clasico with my dad.

Joe Sellett | St. Thomas More, Jr., forward

Why he made the team: As the Sabers switched from a defense-oriented style to a fast-paced offensive one, Sellett dented the twine repeatedly. He paced STM with 25 goals and contributed nine helpers for the 13-7-4 program.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Frank Ocean. ... Before I compete, I eat applesauce and bananas. ... In my dream career, I would be the Crocodile Hunter. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "Drake & Josh." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jimmy Fallon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Will Ferrell.

Three items on my bucket list: See the Northern Lights, go fishing in Iceland with the boys and tame a bison.

Peter Wagner | Champaign Central, Sr., goalkeeper

Why he made the team: Heading to University of Illinois-Chicago to keep tending net, Wagner used his lengthy frame to compile a .795 save percentage on 128 stops and was especially important in Central's sectional semifinal win over Jacksonville.

A few of my favorites: I need concert tickets to see Travis Scott. ... Before I compete, I eat Dos Reales (chicken pancho). ... In my dream career, I would be the Chicago Bears' general manager. ... My favorite subject to study in school is math. ... My favorite athlete is Mitch Trubisky. ... My favorite TV show is "The Office." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jordan Pickford, Kevin Hart and Walter Payton.

Three items on my bucket list: Go to the Super Bowl, go to a World Cup and go skydiving.

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