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Girls Soccer: Previewing Fenwick, Hinsdale South, Lyons, Nazareth

Lyons Township's Olivia Wirtz gets in front of the ball during the IHSA class 3A Glenbard East sectional final against Whitney Young in Lombard on Saturday, May 25. Lions won 2-1.
Lyons Township's Olivia Wirtz gets in front of the ball during the IHSA class 3A Glenbard East sectional final against Whitney Young in Lombard on Saturday, May 25. Lions won 2-1.

The girls soccer season is about to get underway. Here are previews from Matt Le Cren.


Coach: Rob Watson

2019 record: 14-7-1

Top players

Sheila Hogan, sr., D

Julianna Giuffre, jr., F

Mary Heneghan, sr., GK

Audrey Hinrichs, so., GK

Alyssa Ruiz, sr., M

Lily Reardon, sr., F

Jacqueline McMahon, sr. D

Emi Kapusta, jr., M

Grace McGann, jr., F

Anna Dray, jr., M

Outlook: The Friars have 21 players back from the squad that won a Class 2A sectional championship before losing to eventual state champion Benet in a supersectional. Included in that list are Heneghan and Hinrichs, who split time between the pipes and combined for 13 shutouts and a 0.68 goals-against average last season. The defense is led by Hogan, who was all-conference last season. She is coming back from a torn ACL, but three other players have been lost for the season with similar injuries. Giuffre is the leading returning scorer. She had 10 goals in 2019.

“We have depth and experience,” Watson said. “Our goal is to improve each day. We will be a hardworking team focused on coming together as a unit. Health is always a main factor.”


Coach: Jen Belmonte

2019 record: 6-15-1

Top players

Kerry Glimco, sr., D

Madison Arflack, jr., GK

Ellie Urbanski, jr., M

Elena Mazurek, jr., M

Grace Cyengros, so., F

Peyton Sesemann, sr., M

Outlook: Junior Tait Eicker and Glimco join a defense that should be strong in front of three-year starter Arflack, who was all-conference last year. Glimco was all-conference in 2018 before taking 2019 off to play club soccer. Urbanski was an all-conference and all-sectional pick last year. Cvengros led the Hornets in scoring with nine goals and five assists.

“We are glad to have Glimco back to hold down the defense with Eicker and Arflack,” Belmonte said. “Our central midfield will be strong in Urbanksi, Mazurek and Sesemann. Glad to have our leading scorer back, Cvengros, who is looking to continue the growth on varsity as a sophomore. Our strength is that we are a close, hardworking team that is getting older, where last year we were young and new to varsity soccer. Our weakness is that we still have a young overall feel and bench.”


Coach: Bill Lanspeary

2019 record: 18-4-1

Top players

Sophie Grabis, sr., GK

Peri Kracker, sr., D

Olivia Wirtz, sr., F

Ava Dallavo, jr., F

Lily Mattern, jr., M

Elli Kosonovich, jr., D

Nora Blake, sr., D

Tess Grzegorek, sr., F

Outlook: The Lions finished fourth in the Class 3A state tournament last year. They bring back six starters and welcome an infusion of talent from the lower levels, including juniors Maddie McPartlin, Reese Komsthoeft, Avery Livingston and Jordan Lee-Caracci, seniors Isabel Kochanek, Sophie Kochanek and Eden Suda and sophomore Kate Fluscher. Isabel Kochanek, a forward, has committed to Purdue Northwest.

“Coming off of a great season last year, we graduate a lot of seniors that will be tough to replace, but we're excited about the players we do have returning as well as the newcomers,” Lanspeary said. “Many of the newcomers were part of an outstanding sophomore team last year and should make an immediate impact.

“I think we'll be solid defensively, where we have many key players returning. The midfield and attack may need some time to sort out, but could prove to be pretty dangerous if we can get everyone on the same page.”


Coach: Diego Garcia

2019 record: 11-13-2

Top players

Sarah Blair, sr., GK

Grace Heery, sr., D

Kathleen Gerth, sr., D

Adriana Berruti, jr., M

Mia Gurka, so., D

Holly Skrip, sr., D

Lizzie Cipra, sr., F

Juliana Iacono, jr., M

Lydia Breslow, so., M

Outlook: The Roadrunners return eight starters from the squad that lost to eventual state champion Benet in a Class 2A sectional semifinal. With Benet moved up to 3A, hopes are high. They would have been higher had Penn recruit Julia Olander, who missed last year with a torn ACL, returned, but she opted not to play her senior year. Blair and Heery were all-conference and all-sectional last year, with Heery scoring eight goals and having four assists from the back line. Berruti tallied four goals and eight assists, while Cipra had six goals and six assists. Skrip and Gerth will play in college at St. Mary’s (Ind.).

Three freshmen – forward Ella O’Neil, midfielder Collette Kinsella and defender Trea Notz – add depth.

“With losing only two starters from last year’s regional championship team and with Benet moving up to 3A, we’re looking to qualify for state,” Garcia said. “With nine returners and a lot of talent coming back we see this as a possible goal.”

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