Who: Bloom, Romeoville, DePaul, Resurrection, De La Salle, Guerin, Herscher, Streamwood, Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Metea Valley, Wheaton South, Glenbard South, H-F, Crystal Lake Central, Saint Viator, Plainfield South, Wheaton North, Jacobs, Mother McAuley, Lincoln-Way East and Marist.
What: Sunday Showcase presented by Gatorade and Robert Morris University
Where: Lyons Soccer Complex (1301 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange)
When: Sunday, May 5
Why: See more than 500 high school girls soccer players from the city and suburbs, public and private schools all at the same site. Games kickoff at 9 a.m. and run every 90 minutes until 3 p.m. College coaches, media and fans can see three games at the same time.
FIRST OF 11 PREVIEWS
PREVIEW I- Bloom vs. Romeoville, 9: Coming off a 15-7-2 season, Bloom is hoping to open some eyes under the direction of first-year coach Zach Radtke and assistant coach Kevin Droba. Phil Wicyk is in his seventh season at the helm at Romeoville with assistant coach Dan Rush by his side. The Spartans were 6-15-1 in 2018.
Bloom names to remember: Seniors Serena Estrada (defender), Nadia Martinez (defender) and Valeria Nunez (midfielder); junior Emely Oviedo (defender); sophomore Jocelyn Ramirez (forward); and freshman Ixchel Pelayo.
Romeoville names to remember: Senior Kalie Rice (midfielder); junior Valeria Valles (forward); sophomores Yamilete Perez (midfielder); Jennifer Perez (defender); Adamari Carrera (defender); Elizabeth Vitel (goalie); and freshman Dorimar Quintana (midfielder).
Bloom speaks: “We have a great combination of experienced seniors to go along with our young freshmen and sophomores,” said Radtke, who starred at Andrew during his prep soccer career. “Our senior leadership is a big strength for us. Serena has excellent speed and great ball control. She is our rock in the back end of the field.”
Romeoville speaks: “With only five returning starters and losing our best player (goalie Macayla Dwyer), this year is all about finding our new identity,” Wicyk said. “We are a young team with a lot of raw talent. We have a great group of girls with a lot of determination to become something special. Valeria has been the workhorse for us. Every practice she is always seen busting her butt in drills, sprints, everything to make the team better.”
Did you know? Bloom’s Sabrina Ortiz returns to play after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. She tore it in the first few minutes of the first game of the 2018 season.