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Girls Soccer: Previewing Glenbard South, Glenbard West, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South

Wheaton Academy forward Erin Teevans takes the ball up the field June 3 in the Class 2A state championship game against Triad. The Warriors took second for their sixth state trophy in program history.
Wheaton Academy forward Erin Teevans takes the ball up the field June 3 in the Class 2A state championship game against Triad. The Warriors took second for their sixth state trophy in program history.

The girls soccer season starts this week, as teams begin the quest to reach the state tournament at North Central College in Naperville. Here is a preview of area teams:


Coach: Kevin Berner

2017 record: 9-13

Top players

Name   Year     Pos.

Sarah Cohen     sr.        D

Sam Schutte     jr.         F

Erin Haslett      so.        F

Abby Showalter            so.        M

Outlook: Berner hopes the Raiders can win the Metro Suburban Blue title in their last year in the league before moving to the Upstate Eight. That will be a tall task, but the defensef igures to give them a chance. The back line features senior co-captains Emma Johnson and Danielle Palmieri as well as Cohen, who will continue her career at DePaul. Cohen is fresh off helping the Raiders girls basketball team capture its first state trophy.

“We will be faster this year, with a little more depth than in the past,” Berner said. “I expect us to win the conference and win the regional. Whether or not we advance to the sectional will depend on our ability to pressure the other team on the whole [field], not just the defensive third.”


Coach: Morgan Kasperek

2017 record: 10-7-3

Top players

Name Year Pos.

Teagan Ryan sr. D

Annie Gelfer sr. D

Rose Mugnani sr. GK

Catherine Cavanagh jr. D

Katherine O’Shea jr. F

Outlook: Kasperek, a former defender at Hinsdale Central, preaches defense first no matter what sport she is coaching. She guided Glenbard South’s girls basketball team to the first trophy in program history earlier this month, using a stingy defense to take third in the Class 3A state tournament. Soccer is no different as Cavanagh is added to a strong back line that includes Ryan and Gelfer in front of the solid Mugnani. O’Shea and senior midfielder Madison Jurgovan, whowill continue her career at St. Mary‚ (Ind.) look to improve the offense.

“Again we will be strong in the backfield with several of our key defensive players returning,” Kasperek said. “We have a lot of newcomers and are looking to change some things in our lineup.”


Coach: Jim Winslow

2017 record: 11-6-3

Top players

Name Year Pos.

Claire Hensley, sr., MF

Sarah Maller, sr., D

Kendra Pasquale, sr., F

Erin Peck, sr., F

Hannah Rittenhouse, jr., F

Outlook: Opponents who saw a three-headed monster last year would like to hear that such a scoring beast no longer resides in Wheaton. Unfortunately for them, but luckily for coach Jim Winslow. that scoring machine, which is constructed of Kendra Pasquale (13 goals, seven assists), Hannah Rittenhouse (16 goals, seven assists) and Erin Peck (13 goals, 11 assists), has returned.

“They play so well and off of each other,” Winslow said. “They will be a force to reckon with again this year.

Senior Claire Hensley, a St. Bonaventure recruit, returns to lead the midfield while senior Sarah Maller also returns to give leadership to the back line. The Spartans also welcome a couple of key juniors in Caroline Zimmer and Emma Armbrust.


Coach: Jeff Brooke

2017 record: 21-6

Top players

Name   Year     Pos.

Erin Teevans    sr.        F

Sophia Lindquist          jr.         MF

AC Hardy        jr.         MF

Lizzy Swoboda sr.        D

Emma Goebel  so.        D

Outlook: The Warriors followed up their 2016 Class 1A state championship by finishing second in Class 2A last season – and the fun should continue. Teevans had 18 goals and 24 assists in 2017, while Hardy contributed six goals and five assists. Both have committed to Taylor, while Lindquist, who bagged 19 goals and 14 assists, is a Wheaton recruit. Unlike most teams, the Warriors are explosive offensively but will have to revamp their back line after graduating the largest senior class in program history.

“We will be dangerous in the final third with multiple players who have proven they can put the ball in the back of the net,” Brooke said. “We will rebuild our back four but will do so with players who have contributed to the success ofthe team in the past."


Coach: Tim McEvilly

2017 record: 8-9-2

Top players

Name Year Pos.

Jaden Trometer sr. D

Rose Quinn sr. F

Hannah Swider sr. D

Staci Galo sr. MF

Kailee Sowers sr. F

Kristen Szumski jr. D

Outlook: The addition of club players Galo, Rochester recruit Sowers and Szumski adds depth to a team that already boasts a four-year starter in Trometer and a three-year starter in Quinn. Swider, who is in her third year on varsity, is a terrific athlete who will play basketball at Wheaton College after becoming Wheaton North’s career scoring leader in that sport.

“Our strength is our overall depth,” McEvilly said. “In addition to the players returning to high school soccer from [club], we have added a couple transfers from private schools to go with the player growth from last year."


Coach: Guy Callipari

2017 record: 9-10-1

Top players

Name   Year    Pos.

Paige Miller     jr.         M

Allie Anderson           jr.         M

Maria Dohse   jr.         D

Audrey Siebert            jr.         M

Evelyn Demsher          jr.         M

Morgan Schwerin       sr.        F

Outlook: The Tigers return the bulk of their scoring and two top defenders in Dohse and senior Claire Kiple. Callipari, who needs four victories to reach 350 career wins in his 24th year at the helm, foresees marked improvement.

“Our speed of play should have us competing for a DVC title, regional final and hopefully a sectional final,” he said. “We’ll have a good mix of young players and experienced players, which coupled with team depth should carry us deep into the playoffs barring injury.”

Miller, who had 20 goals and six assists last year, and Anderson (10 goals, 11 assists are among five three-year varsity players and six other players are in their second season.

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