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Kankakee Daily Journal Article

Manteno's Shipp named Daily Journal's Girls Soccer POY

MANTENO - If you've attended any one of Manteno's girls soccer games over the past four years, there's a good chance you've seen Jordyn Shipp score.

The talented striker has been the Panthers' go-to scoring threat for the past three seasons.

This past spring, Shipp's senior soccer campaign, she scored 30 goals and dished out 18 assists while leading Manteno to an overall record of 11-7.

Because of that resume, Shipp has been named the Daily Journal's 2017 Player of the Year.

"I think my senior year went really well," Shipp said. "We started playing really well together as a team. I wish we would've went further in the tournament and I think we definitely could have. But overall, it was a good season."

After Manteno fell to Joliet Catholic Academy in a Class 2A regional final by a 1-0 score, Shipp ended her high school career with 105 goals and 38 assists.

She will hang up her cleats as one of the top three goal scorers in program history while boasting of multiple accolades including three all-conference selections, two IHSSCA all-sectional selections and three selections to the Daily Journal's all-area team.

"For four straight years, I have probably asked her to do too much for our program and have continuously put so much of our teams' fate on her shoulders," Manteno coach Justin Emerson said. "She is a player who never questioned a thing and always fought for the team, the school, and the girls who stood next to her."

After helping the Panthers go 25-2 and win a Class 1A state championship in 2014, Shipp turned in goal totals of 33, 35 and 30 over the next three seasons.

During those three years, Manteno has won two regional titles and a sectional crown.

"Jordyn is hands down one of the best student-athletes and girls soccer players that Manteno High School has ever seen," Emerson said. "She is a fantastic leader, someone who girls look up to and admire, and someone who i am very much going to miss having on our team. It's rare to have such an outstanding kid like Jordyn come into a program. She is very much deserving of every accolade she has received and more. "

After scoring 105 times, it's hard to pinpoint the memory of every single goal and how it happened.

But there is one that stands out in Shipp's memory.

"Sophomore year, I scored a goal against Herscher to win," Shipp recalled. "That goal put us in a Super-Sectional. I remember getting the ball in the box and putting it in the net. But the only thing I remember after that is celebrating when the game finally ended."

Shipp will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she'll major in nursing. She has decided not to play soccer at the next level but that won't tarnish the legacy she's already left on the field.

"I'm just glad I was able to listen to everything and use the corrections that I was taught," Shipp said of her career. "I'll miss the coaching staff and the team the most. I've been with them for four years now so missing them will be tough."

That feeling is no doubt reciprocated by her coaching staff.

"Jordyn is perfect example of what a student-athlete should be in today's society," Emerson said. "She is simply a tremendous kid who excels in the classroom as well as the soccer field."


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Jackie Poortinga | Bishop McNamara | Goalkeeper | Senior

Poortinga was named the Irish's team MVP after being selected to the all-GCAC team this season. She gave up just 35 goals in the net while averaging over seven saves per game and pitching four shutouts. Poortinga's knowledge of the game and leadership made her an invaluable asset to the team. She was one of the main reason Bishop McNamara posted 10 wins.

Morgan Samp | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Goalkeeper | Senior

Nine shutouts, 144 saves and 21 goals against are most certainly impressive numbers. Samp posted those numbers and saved 33 shots against Normal (Community) in a regional final. The goalkeeper was named all-SWSC and performed at a higher level than most every single time out.

Jordyn Shipp | Manteno | Forward | Senior

There may not be a better all-around soccer player in the area. The senior scored 30 goals, had 18 assists and was always in the middle of a big play. Shipp was named all-conference, all-sectional and the 2017 Daily Journal Player of the Year. She was No. 5 in voting for Section 13 IHSSCA, the highest of any player in the area.

Special Mention – Emma Grunwald


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Sydney Ferris | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Senior | Midfielder

Ferris has been one of the most consistent Boilermaker players in recent memory. The senior is a four-year starter under coach Rohan Robinson. Ferris was able to take control of the game in the midfield, an invaluable asset for a team which featured a host of underclassmen. Ferris was an SWSC All-Conference selection and honorable mention All-Sectional. She finished the year with four goals and three assists.

Emma Grunwald | Manteno | Junior | Midfielder

Grunwald features one of the best soccer IQs in the area. She has turned the soccer intelligence into an Interstate Eight All-Conference selection and, most importantly, Manteno wins. Grunwald is a major reason speedy forwards Jordyn Shipp and Kailyn Mickulas put up absurd amounts of goals. She finished with a goal and nine assists for coach Justin Emerson's bunch and will play a key role as the Panthers try to extract revenge against Herscher next season.

Katelyn Harder | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Junior | Defender

Harder quietly became one of the area's best defenders. She was a SWSC All-Conference selection and a big lift after Brianna Hollowell made the transition from defender to the midfield. Harder was instrumental in Amber Ogle's seven shutouts. Her toughness has caught the eye of the soccer powerhouses inside the SWSC. If she maintains her high level of play, the Boilermakers could take a giant leap forward next season.

Jackie Poortinga | Bishop McNamara | Junior | Goalkeeper

Poortinga was widely respected as the area's top goalkeeper. The junior was outstanding, keeping the Fightin' Irish in games despite not having a good supporting cast. She averaged over 11 saves per game. Poortinga's level of play was evident in Bishop McNamara's regional semifinal game against Manteno, where the Irish stayed close with an excellent Panther team.

Erin Reilly | Bishop McNamara | Senior | Midfielder

Reilly was easily Bishop McNamara's most dynamic player. The forward led the Fightin' Irish in goals scored (13) for the second consecutive season and briefly gave Bishop McNamara a postseason lead against annual powerhouse Manteno. Reilly added seven assists and leadership skills which were invaluable for coach Vincent Mkhwanazi as he attempts to lead Bishop McNamara back to the top of the heap in the area.

Jordyn Shipp | Manteno | Junior | Forward

Shipp is a goal-scoring machine. For the second consecutive season, she blew away the rest of the area with 35 goals to give her more than 70 goals combined in two seasons. Shipp already is fourth all-time in goals scored in a very prestigious program which has won two state championships over the last seven seasons. She possesses the breakaway speed coaches dream about, forcing every opposing team's game plan to start and end with how to stop the dangerous forward. Shipp far and away led the area with 79 points. Her eye-popping statistical season led her to All-Sectional and Interstate Eight All-Conference honors. Shipp scored both of her team's goals in a 2-1 win over Chicago Latin and knocked home the game-winner in overtime of the regional championship game against Peotone. Shipp could be in for a historic, record breaking senior season.

Stephanie Sotiropoulos | Manteno | Senior | Defender

No player has had an on-the-field impact like Manteno's star defender. The senior is taking her talents to Purdue-Calumet in the fall, and the Peregrines are getting a good one. Overshadowed by her goal-scoring machine of a teammate, Jordyn Shipp, Sotiropoulos quietly put together an excellent season, helping the Panthers back to the sectional championship game. She was named All-Sectional and Interstate Eight All-Conference. Sotiropoulos was versatile in her game. While she made several non-keeper saves, she also came up to take free kicks and scored three goals while assisting on another four. No one will suffer a bigger on-field loss than Manteno as Sotiropoulos takes her game to the collegiate level.

Haleigh Sutter | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Junior | Forward

Sutter was the top scorer for Bradley-Bourbonnais with 21 points, a good total considering her position switch. Sutter, previously a forward, made a seamless transition to the midfield where she helped control the game. She was a SWSC All-Conference selection and figures to be a key cog for coach Rohan Robinson next season.


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Erin Reilly | Bishop McNamara | Junior | Midfielder

Reilly led Bishop McNamara with 10 goals and eight assists. Her 28 points far and away led the Fightin' Irish. Reilly has a year to mature into one of the area's top goal scorers.

Jordyn Shipp | Manteno | Sophomore | Forward

No one was more dynamic down the stretch than Shipp. The sophomore showed she was the area's best scorer with an area-leading 33 goals on the season. Shipp scored Manteno's only goal in its regional championship game against Peotone. She followed that performance with three goals in the sectional semifinal and scored the game-winning goal in the sectional championship game. If her scoring wasn't enough, coach Kevin Mikuce used Shipp at stopper in key games after the team built a lead.

Stephanie Sotiropoulos | Manteno | Senior | Defender

Sotiropoulos was dynamite all season long. She spearheaded a defense that helped goalkeeper Kara Keene to 10 shutouts. Sotiropoulos and the Manteno defense shut out quality opponents such as Herscher and Peotone en route to the Class 1A Lewis University Super-Sectional.

Haleigh Sutter | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Sophomore | Forward

Sutter and Hollowell were an excellent 1-2 punch for the Boilermakers. Sutter scored nine goals and added two assists. She scored the team's first goal in the regional championship game and will be a key piece for coach Rohan Robinson's bunch next season.

Samantha Zahrobsky | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Senior | Goalkeeper

Zahrobsky was far and away the area's best goalkeeper. Generally regarded as undersized, she played much bigger. Zahrobsky and her excellent defenders allowed just 23 goals in 21 games giving her a 1.1 goals against average. Zahrobsky had 196 saves to help the Boilermakers to a regional championship.

Special Mention – Sydney Ferris

Honorable Mention – Emma Grunwald


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Erin Reilly | Bishop McNamara | Sophomore | Midfielder

A strong player up top, Reilly earned all-East Suburban Catholic Conference honors while totaling five goals and nine assists. After helping the Fightin' Irish reach a Class 1A regional final, look for Reilly to come on even stronger in the next two years. She seems to have a knack for finishing off goals when given the chance and can make life difficult on opposing coaches.

Morgan Samp | Bradley-Bourbonnais | Freshman | Midfielder

A tall, athletic player, Samp came on strong in her opening campaign, totaling six goals to spark a young and improving Bradley-Bourbonnais team. She more than held her own in her first varsity season. Look for her to become one of the area's best in coming years. Samp earned honorable mention IHSSCA all-Section 14 honors and was an all-conference pick in the SouthWest Suburban Red, where Bradley-Bourbonnais hung tough with several top teams.

Special Mention – Sydney Ferris, Jackie Poortinga, Jordyn Shipp, Stephanie Sotiropoulos


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Special Mention – Erin Reilly

Honorable Mention – Sydney Ferris