Sunday Showcase Preview VI: Metea Valley vs. Wheaton South

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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.

THIS IS THE SIXTH OF 11 PREVIEWS

Preview VI: Metea Valley vs. Wheaton South, 12 p.m.: Metea Valley coach Chris Whaley is in his fourth season. A year ago, his program posted a 14-8-3 overall record. Guy Callipari is in his 25th season at Wheaton South. They finished 15-8 in 2018.

Metea Valley names to remember: Seniors Kayla Hurst (forward) and Kaiya Hansen (defender); juniors Nikki Coryell (goalie), Paige Buranosky (defender) and Nicole Dawson (defender); sophomores Halle Lange (midfield) and Alexa Paraham (midfield); and freshman Jocelyn Grabow (midfielder).

Wheaton South names to remember: Seniors Paige Miller (midfielder), Maria Dorse (defender), Allie Anderson (midfielder), Audrey Siebert (midfielder) and JJ Aalbue (midfielder).

Metea Valley speaks: “We’re really strong defensively, returning four starting defenders and our starting goalie,” Whaley said. “The key for us is to create offense after losing our top two goal scorers. Paige is someone that has become a reliable player for us on both the offensive and defensive side.”

Wheaton South speaks: “We have a good mix of young players and experienced players, coupled with team depth,” Callipari said. “Allie is capable of impacting play on both sides of the ball, finding players 40 yards up the field or striking a dangerous ball on goal.”

Did you know? Hansen helped lead the way for Metea Valley off the field by organizing visits to the Aurora Police Department, the local children’s hospital and Special Olympics swim meet. On the Wheaton South side of the ball, there is a good chance Miller will finish the season in the program’s top five in goals and points, becoming just the sixth player to accomplish that feat since 1987.

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