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Girls Soccer: Previewing Glenbard East, IC Catholic Prep, Montini, Timothy Christian, Willowbrook and York

IC Catholic teammates  Kaitlyn Grady (15) Tess Reardon (18) Olivia Hurt (5) and Tessa Langan (10) hoist the champion plaque after their win over Universty High School May 23 in the Class 1A girls soccer supersectional in River Forest.
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IC Catholic teammates Kaitlyn Grady (15) Tess Reardon (18) Olivia Hurt (5) and Tessa Langan (10) hoist the champion plaque after their win over Universty High School May 23 in the Class 1A girls soccer supersectional in River Forest. David Toney for Shaw Media

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: Kent Overbey

2017 record: 14-5-4

Top players

Name   Year    Pos.

Katie Hansen  sr.        D

Elizabeth Toledo         sr.        F

Faith Davies    sr.        GK

Mimi Camacho           sr.        F

Mattie Pusateri            sr.        D

Outlook: The good times should keep coming for the Rams, who show no signs of slowing down after reaching the state semifinals two years ago and the sectional semifinals last year. Nine starters return, including Montana recruit Hansen, who will team with Carroll commit Pusateri and UIC-bound Davies to form an imposing defense. Toledo and Camacho, who combined for 15 goals last spring, lead the offense, which will be supplemented by sophomore Elaine Wesling and freshman Maddie Weltin.

“Expectations are as high as they’ve ever been,” Overbey said. “We’re the Windy City Classic reigning champions and the expectations is to compete for that title again as well as third conference championship and third regional in a row.”


Coach: Antonio Godinez

2017 record: 21-7

Top players

Name   Year     Pos.

Grace Fuller     sr.        M

Olivia Hurt       jr.         F

Bella Leslie      so.        M

Abi Wagner      so.        M

Outlook: Godinez takes the reins from Tom Schergen, who was promoted to school president after leading the Knights to their first state trophy. Several key players graduated from the team that finished fourth in Class 1A, but the speedy Hurt and the rugged Fuller are back to provide plenty of offense. Hurt tallied 27 goals and 18 assists last spring, while Fuller added 17 goals and 12 assists. Look for Wagner, who had four goals and three assists, to play a bigger role, while freshman Sophie Hurt and Grace Grady and sophomore Cassandra Serrano could make an impact.


Coach: Sue Brown

2017 record: 9-9-2

Top players

Name   Year     Pos.

Ellie Krick        jr.         MF

Sonia Finch      sr.        D

Kate Crotty      sr.        D

Alondra Holler sr.        F

Emma Repking sr.        F

Outlook: There is optimism in Lombard and with good reason. Krick, Finch, Crotty and Holler were all-conference picks last season. Finch will continue her career at Augustana, while Repking has committed to Olivet Nazarene. Three freshmen – forward Alivia Gianatasic, midfielder Shea Smith and goalkeeper Franca Finich – could make an impact.

“We have a strong senior [class] plus some fresh new players,” Brown said. “We’re excited to see how they come together. We want to have a strong showing in the GCAC and do well in the playoffs.”


Coach: Jon Hamelinck

2017 record: 5-14-1

Top players

Name Year Pos.

Maddie Schaafsma sr. F

Abby Carstensen jr. MF

Celeste VanderMeer jr. D

Emma Carter fr. MF

Angel Burke fr. GK/MF

Outlook: With only five returning starters and five upperclassmen, the Trojans have a lot of questions marks. But Hamelinck thinks many may be answered soon and is especially excited about the addition of Carter and Burke.

“Emma Carter is a technically sound midfielder who has excellent game knowledge and has a way of making girls around her better,” Hamelinck said. “Angel Burke is a true keeper that has great field skills as well, so I’ll be looking for ways to use her in many different scenarios.”

The Trojans also have a proven goal scorer in Schaafsman, who racked up 21 goals and seven assists last year.


Coach: Julio Del Real

2017 record: 7-12-1

Top players

Name   Year     Pos.

Sarah Poirer     sr.        M

Jessica Ragucci sr.        D

Zoe Ericson      jr.         GK/MF

Kaleigh Rugg   jr.         MF

Lizzy Florey     so.        M

Outlook: The Warriors finished a surprising third in the West Suburban Gold last year and are looking for more. Florey led the team in scoring as a freshman and Ericson is a solid keeper who can also play the field. Del Real thinks freshmen Gracie Tumilty, who comes from a noted athletic family, Caitlin Brennan and Abby Spada will contribute a lot, so hopes are high for a winning season.

“Goalkeeping should be very solid, [the] defenders have looked very promising during practice and if the midfield and forward line continue to improve, we should have a pretty strong team that will be able to challenge everyone we go against,” Del Real said. “We hope to improve on last year’s record and finish better in the conference. We are looking for great things from our leaders.”


Coach: Don Vana

2017 record: 13-9

Top players

Name   Year     Pos.

Maggie Bleyer  sr.        F

Haley Walker   sr.        M

Lauren Hailey  sr.        D

Kathleen Levins           jr.         GK

Siena Pinkerton Jr.        D

Haley Weiler    sr.        M

Outlook: At first glance this looks to be a rebuilding year for the Dukes, but Vana hopes that process will go quicker than people expect.

“We will be depending on many new players this year,” Vana said. “How fast these players develop and adjust to the varsity game will be the question.

“If they can rise up to the challenge, then we can compete. As the young players develop and learn to compete at this level, this team can surprise others by the end of the season.”

Newcomer Maggie Levins, a senior midfielder, has committed to play at Lewis. Two juniors – defender Riley Haugh and forward Caila Ward, could also be impact players.”

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