Willowbrook sophomore Erinn Bell: “It was fun playing as a freshman on the varsity level last season. You get to compete against better and more experienced players, and then you realize how far you’ve come since you first started playing on varsity. I realized you have to be really aggressive and to be more proactive than reactive.” Bob Narang has the story for #PrepSoccerReport
Freeburg’s Noah Williams, who plays club soccer for St. Louis Scott Gallagher, attended the PepsiCo Showdown College Showcase for the second straight year. “Going the year before showed what I need to work on,” Williams said. “I knew I could improve a lot. It was a great opportunity to see what other guys from around the state can do and how I compare.” Steve Millar has the story for #PrepSoccerReport.
Enter new Resurrection coach Mike Wasielewski, who has deep roots in high school soccer. He is the main reason the Lane Tech girls soccer program is where it is today. During his tenure at the Chicago school, he led the Indians to four regional titles – one in Class AA and three in Class 3A – and four city championships during a six-year span from 2007-2013. Bob Narang has the story.
This might be Emily Graham’s senior season at Riverside-Brookfield, but the goalie is nowhere near the end of her soccer career. Back in February, the Lyons Township Soccer Club product signed to play Big Ten soccer at Purdue. But despite being considered one of the top players in the Midwest, Graham actually had a very rough start to her career. Bob Narang has the story.
Since 2009, Manteno has won a pair of Class 1A state titles – in 2009 and 2014 – while finishing state runner-up twice. Its also won six sectional titles during that span. Steve Millar has the story.
Streamwood midfielder Melanie Ramirez: “I learned a lot last year, even though our record wasn’t very good. This year, we have to stay together and motivate each other. We know we’re better than that.” Bob Narang has the story.
Saint Ambrose-bound goalie Alison Cosola believes this could be a special season for Plainfield East: “I feel like we’re going to be really good this year with a lot of seniors and new players that are good coming in as freshmen. Teamwork, communication, staying focused and remaining positive are the keys.” Bob Narang has the story.
Bulls Prep coach Rafael Quizon: “The (Noble) network is growing as far as exposure. With the success of the boys program in the fall (advancing to the Class 2A sectional finals), that’s something hopefully we can build off. That’s one of our goals as a program – to be more recognizable around the city and the state.” Bob Narang has the report.
Jacklyn Cabrera: “We have a lot of offensive players back, and we have to beat West (Aurora). We want to beat West and win (the) PepsiCo Showdown.” Bob Narang has the story.
27-win season. 70 goals from a single player. PepsiCo Showdown champion. Class 1A state trophy. “We want to be a program that people will look back on in a few years as one of the top small school programs, not a one-hit wonder,” St. Edward coach Tim Brieger said. “We have teams looking to add us to their schedules.” Bob Narang has the report.