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Girls soccer previews- York hopes to reload after big graduations

IC and Timothy Christian return key seniors

Alyssa Kovatchis (left) will be called on to provide some of York's firepower this spring.
Alyssa Kovatchis (left) will be called on to provide some of York's firepower this spring.

Chris Halupka
2012 record: 20-5
Top players:
Bryce Banuelos sr. M
AnnaBell Lansdowne sr. G
Ellie Ordonez sr. F
First game: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Benet
41: Wins over the past two seasons for York

What to watch: Prolific scorers Christina Ordonez, now at Michigan, and Courtney McHugh, at Wisconsin, are gone. The Dukes still have Christina's younger sister, Ellie, and West Virginia-recruit Bryce Banuelos to lead the way for more success this season.

The Dukes also return four-year varsity goalkeeper AnnaBell Lansdowne, who was also the leading scorer for the girls basketball team this winter. Lansdowne helped York rack up 15 shutouts last season.

For all the talent lost with Ordonez and McHugh's graduation, the Dukes lost just five seniors from last year's roster. Ellie Ordonez and sophomore returner Alyssa Kovatchis will have to replace some of the scoring.

"We have seven or eight starters back and I think we filled in the other spots with talented players," said coach Chris Halupka.

In front of Lansdowne will be returners Angela Guerino and Jaime Kovatchis, who were both regulars last season.

In the midfield Banuelos will be supported by returners Judith Flores, Sarah Morrissey and Annalisa Lappo. Senior Samantha Hamilton suffered a knee injury with her club in the fall and may not be able to return this season.

Like last year, the Dukes will face West Suburban Silver rival Lyons Township early in the season. That game decided the conference title last season when the Lions handed York its only conference loss. Those two teams will meet Tuesday, April 2 in Elmhurst.

"As much as we lost I think the other top schools did as well," Halupka said. "Even with the talent we lost it's still soccer. It's still 11 girls vs. 11 girls."

IC Catholic
Tod Privett
2012 record: 4-15
Top players:
Erin Maloney so. M
K.C. Morris sr. M
Angela Toritto sr. M/F
First game: 4 p.m. Thursday at Westmont

What to watch: The Knights have more freshmen, six, than seniors, five. One of those seniors, midfielder K.C. Morris, signed to play for Missouri next fall.

Morris has played a defensive midfield role with her club, Eclipse Select, and coach Tod Privett is trying to keep her as a deep lying midfielder for the Knights as well. Her role will be crucial for IC since the team features a young goalkeeper and backline.

"She's going to have a lot of responsibility, but I think she's ready for it," Privett said.

Sophomore Erin Maloney and senior Angela Toritto will play big roles in the midfield along with four-year varsity player Lauren Roberto.

Privett is hoping a strong season boosted by Morris' high profile presence will create more buzz around IC girls soccer.

"I'm trying to boost the program to generate more interest," Privett said.

Timothy Christian
Jon Hamelinck
Top player:
Daniela Girotti sr.
First game: 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 vs. Westminster Christian

What to watch: First-year coach Jon Hamelinck takes over a Timothy program that last won a regional in 2009. The Trojans return honorable mention all-sectional senior Daniela Girotti.

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