WEEK OF March 14:
Saint Viator (1-1) won 1-0 over Buffalo Grove to open its season on a Taylor Skala goal off a Katelyn Hammarlund assist, and lost 2-1 in two overtimes against Fenwick, getting a goal from Kathleen Kane off a feed from Chloe Luthringshausen.
Bartlett (2-1) won 8-1 over Montini on Saturday in Lombard, getting on the board just over two minutes into the game when Nicole Gobbo found the back of the net, assisted by Nicki Noreen, who later in the first half upped Bartlett’s lead to 4-0 after notching back-to-back goals on assists from Amanda Zindel.Gobbo scored twice more in the second half for a hat trick. Brittney Van Ness had a goal and 2 assists and Kendra Videckis had a goal and an assist for Bartlett (2-1). Coach Heather Thomas: “It was the first game that we came out strong from the first whistle, and as a result we got on the board first. Overall, it was a good win. Now, we have to step up for Batavia on Tuesday and, hopefully, have the same result.”
Geneva (1-0) opened the year with a 7-0 win over Westmont on Friday, getting three goals from Amanda Lulek, two from Caitrin Griffin, and one apiece from Kristin Rodriguez and Rachel Hinchman. Catherine Allon had two assists and the Vikings got one apiece from Molly Axen, Ally Serra, and Michaela Loebel. Victorian Fortney and Caite Coghlan shared the shutout in net.
Carmel (1-1-1) won 1-0 over Prairie Ridge to open the Corsairs' Quad tournament, then lost 1-0 to Hersey and tied 1-1 with Lake Forest. Keeper Katie Larson posted 6 saves against Hersey and 12 against Lake Forest, while Ashley Orth tallied against the Scouts.
Fremd (1-0) opened the year with a 2-0 win over St. Charles East on goals from Elise Kotsakis and Morgan Delapa and an assist from Michelle Mottonen. Shannon Norris had 5 saves in the shutout.
Plainfield Central (0-0-1) opened the season by tying 2-2 with Lane Tech in a game played at Naperville Central. Bailey Wysocki scored her second goal of the game with less than four minutes remaining to even the score at 2-2. Janna Pascente recorded 12 saves in net. Coach Ken Schoen: "It was a great start for the season. The girls played really hard, and showed character in coming back down a goal late in the game."
Neuqua Valley (1-0) won its season-opener at Barrington (2-1) on Saturday, getting a first-half goal from Zoey Goralski on a Noelle Leary assist and a pair of free kick goals off the foot of Megan Oyster from 25 and 20 yards out. Courtney Keefer had five saves in the shutout. Neuqua Valley coach Joe Moreau: "Defensively we played very solid. Megan Oyster was great in the back and really frustrated the Barrington front runners. Zoey Goralski was dangerous everytime she touched the ball."
Benet (2-0) won 4-0 over Downers Grove North at Benedictine University, with Brittany Pullen netting two goals and Jamei Borges and Meaghan O'Hara scoring one apiece.
Metea Valley (1-0) opened its first varsity season with a 4-0 win over Joliet West on Saturday, with goalkeepers Megan Geldernick (5 saves) and Kiley Dunning (2 saves) each playing a half to earn the shutout. Kristina Tomares had a goal and two assists on the day and Abby Adams had a goal and an assist for the Mustangs, who also got goals from Alyssa Fox and Tyler Proszowski in the win.
Lyons Township (2-0) won 2-0 over St. Ignatius on Saturday, with Kelsey Holbert netting a goal in each half for the Lions on assists from Juliet Lusson. "We came out a little flat, which we were worried about after Thursday’s game against Waubonsie, but we woke up and played pretty well," Lyons coach Bill Lanspeary said. "Our possession was much better, but there are still quite a few things we need to work on. But we’re off to a good start."
Conant (2-0) won 9-1 over Dundee-Crown on Saturday, getting two goals apiece from Courtney Raetzman, Alyssa Altosino, and Sammi van de Linde, plus goals from Chrissy Rosales, Hailey Andress, and Kaitlin Chiero. Raetzman also had 4 assists on the day.
Chicago Christian (2-1) topped Oak Lawn 5-2 on Thursday and won a 1-0 barnburner on Saturday at Illiana Christian. Against Oak Lawn, coach Trevor Schans got a pair of goals from Carolyn Richards and a goal apiece from Anica Pausma, Kayli Deckinga, and Katie Voss. Amber Voss had two assists and Becca Hook had five saves in the win, as the Knights earned a 28-14 edge in shots.
The Knights earned a 22-9 edge in shots against Illiana and got the game's lone goal at the 17-minute mark off the foot of Megan Wise. Amber Wise set up the goal, beating a few defenders up the left side and finding Wise for a one-touch goal just inside the box. Hook had 8 saves in the shutout.
Hinsdale South (0-2) led Evanston 2-0 at halftime on Saturday on goals from Jaime Walker and Meagan McPherson, and assists from Jessica Koziol and Jackie Belmonte, but Evanston stormed back to earn a 3-2 win in Darien. "We played a very good first half, had numerous chances to add to score, but in the second half we didn"t capitalize on our chances to put game away," Hornets coach Pat Wolf said. "Then we let them get one, they got energized and we didn't respond properly to halt their new-found energy."
Naperville Central (2-0-1) won 2-0 over Whitney Young in Naperville on Friday, on goals from Veronica Ellis and Katherine Short, with Jill D'Amico earning her first full shutout of the year. Hannah Ralson assisted on Ellis' goal. On Saturday against visiting Plainfield North, Ellis scored on assists from Kristen Adams and Carly Franzese in a 1-1 tie. Ashley Handwork scored for Plainfield North (0-0-1) on an assist from Shayna Dheel.
Wheaton North (2-0) opened the season with a 9-1 win over Willowbrook, getting 5 goals from Linnae Giuliano and 3 goals and an assist from Kate Wiegman. The Falcons followed with a 3-0 win over Glenbard North, getting goals from Wiegman, Sidney Sharkey, and Tiffany Traxinger.
Naperville North improved to 2-1 with Saturday's 3-1 win over Hinsdale Central in Hinsdale. Christa szalach, Brie Siebert, and Emily Bromagen scored, on assists from Angela widlacki, Maria Grygleski, and Tori Novak. The Red Devils topped St. Ignatius in their season opener, 2-1.
The Huskies opened the season with a 7-0 win over West Aurora, getting a hat-trick from Kaileen Debenham, a goal and an assist for Brie Siebert , and a goal apiece from Christa Szalach, Alex Wernette, and Abby Green. Green also shared the shutout with Allison Hitchcock. Hunter Drendel also chipped in an assist on the day.
Hinsdale Central (1-1) opened the year with a 1-0 win over St. Ignatius on a Mallory Feinstein goal and an assist from Jenn Jarmy. Riley Glenn had 5 saves in the shutout. Feinstein scored again in the Red Devils' 3-1 loss to Naperville North on a Mary Cefaratti assist, and Emily Brosius made 11 saves for Central in the loss.
Oak Park and River Forest improved to 1-1 with a 4-1 win over Trinity on Friday in Oak Park, getting all four goals from senior Emily Gullo on assists from Darcy Hargadon, Sara McCall, and Tess Trinka.
Crystal Lake South (1-1) won 6-1 over Grayslake North in a Fox Valley Conference opener on Thursday. Lauren Perrine scored twice on assists from Vivian Quan and the Gators also got goals from Ellen Brunner, Karli Schumaker, Audrey Collard, and Mackenzie Taldone. Schumaker, Alex Romano, and Christina Szocka also had assists on the day while keeper Elizabeth Quinn made four saves.