BARRINGTON — When asked about the soccer skills of Barrington junior forward Jenna Szczesny, teammates and coaches speak of her with awe.
“There’s nothing better [than] to play a through ball and knowing that she’s going to get it and make something happen,” Fillies senior Nicole Niro said. “I’ve seen great forwards, but she’s one of the best.”
“She has freakish athletic ability,” Barrington coach Ryan Stengren said. “I don’t know if I’ll have another athlete like that again.”
Szczesny, whose statistics this season matched her fantastic skills, is the 2014 Pioneer Press Girls Soccer Player of the Year. She scored 30 goals and had 15 assists for a Fillies squad that won its sixth straight Class 3A sectional championship.
Well before the 17-year-old Szczesny was sprinting past defenders as a high school soccer player, she was an attentive spectator of the sport. Her older sister Neena, a 2000 graduate of Barrington, played college soccer at Loyola in Chicago. Jenna Szczesny remembers being 5 years old and going to her sister’s games.