HINSDALE — It’s not quite sibling rivalry, but it’s close.
There will be plenty of familiar faces on both sides of the ball when the girls soccer teams from Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South square off Friday night in Hinsdale.
“It’s a rivalry, but it’s a healthy rivalry,” Central coach Michael Smith said. “It’s not like at the end of the game either side is bitter. Before the game everyone will say hello, during the game it will be a heated battle, and after the game it’ll be, ‘See you soon.’”
“I think it will be a good atmosphere,” South coach Pat Wolf said. “Unfortunately we haven’t beat them in a while, so hopefully there will be some energy on our part and we’ll come out and play good soccer. I think the girls will definitely be up for it.”
Goals could be hard to come by for both teams. As of Wednesday, Central had earned all five of its wins by shutout as it had raced out to a 5-1-2 start. South had been shut out in its four losses as part of a 1-4 stretch, but three of those contests were 1-0 games, including a 1-0 penalty kick loss Tuesday to Willowbrook. Three of the Hornets’ four wins were shutouts as they have compiled a 4-5 record (2-1 in the West Suburban Gold).
Friday’s game is big for bragging rights, but playing well is important for the Hornets. After facing the Red Devils, they face Downers Grove South in a key conference game (6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Downers Grove) and then face a tough York team (6:30 p.m. Thursday in Darien).
Central has won the last seven meetings between the two teams dating back to 2004, but the last three have been close. The Red Devils won 2-0 last year and in 2010, and eked out a 1-0 win in 2011.
“Last year we played a good game and we were just on the wrong end of it,” Wolf said.
Friday will mark the final regulars-season rivalry game for a slew of seniors. Central seniors like Caitlin Smith, Jenn Jarmy, Casey May, Madeline Engelking, Lauren Zapka, Darby Moran, Katie Camden and Katherine Treankler will look to keep the Red Devils’ series winning streak alive.
South seniors like Kerry Just, Vanessa Niestrom, Brenda Maugeri, Colleen McPherson, Jessica Mutters and Julie Vezzani will be looking to break through for the first time.
“Our seniors have not beat them in their four-year careers,” Wolf said. “This is their last chance. I think it will be a good contest.”