The Riverside-Brookfield, Lyons Township and Fenwick high school girls soccer teams are off to encouraging starts this spring. Here’s a review of recent matches, highlighted by the Bulldogs’ signature win against Marist at the PepsiCo Showdown.
Despite some harsh weather which included snow, rain and hail last week, RBHS still managed to squeeze in four games. The Bulldogs defeated Marist 2-1 on penalty kicks and also beat Fenton 2-0, tied Romeoville 1-1 and lost to Downers Grove North 3-0.
The team’s most notable effort occurred against Marist at the PepsiCo Showdown. Sophomore forward Allie Kucera, junior midfielder Esther Annoreno and senior midfielder Mariah Dorsey broke the 1-1 tie after regulation and the overtime periods by each scoring on penalty kicks, paving the way for an upset of the highly regarded RedHawks.
Marist and RBHS were seeded No. 1 and No. 16, respectively, in one of five brackets at the PepsiCo Showdown.
Kucera also scored twice off an assist each from Annoreno and Kathyrn Sessler in the Bulldogs’ conference win against Fenton.
Kucera leads RBHS with five goals this season, while Annoreno has three assists and Sessler two.
Defense has been they key to the Friars’ success this season, allowing only four goals through nine games. Fenwick edged Dundee-Crown 2-1 in overtime at the PepsiCo Showdown on Saturday. Captains Caitlin Josephs and Colette Jaslowski each scored a goal and senior Moira Hillsman and sophomore Shannon Erhardt led defensively as Fenwick improved to 6-3.
The Friars also notched 3-0 win against Trinity with a pair of goals from Jaslowski and a goal by Tess Shannon. Goalkeepers Kelly Carpenter, Jane Farrell and McKenzie Blaze combined for the shutout.
“We have a real nice team; solid defense, wonderful midfield and a lot of attacking talent,” Fenwick coach Rob Watson said. “We’re working in some younger players. It’s a great group.”
Grace Salvino scored on a rebound with 40 seconds left in regulation to lift visiting LTHS to a 1-0 West Suburban Conference Silver Division victory over Oak Park and River Forest last week.
“It was great,” Salvino said. “I’ve had overtime goals before but it’s nice to get one to win in the last minute. They played hard.”
The Lions (6-0-1, 3-0) outshot the Huskies 12-3 and earned a whopping 11 corner kicks but the OPRF defense held firm for 79 minutes.
After several near-misses on corner kicks, the Lions finally converted on their final chance. An initial shot from the Lions’ Jenna Fuller was blocked in front, but Salvino slid into space near the right post to knock a short shot past OPRF goalie Ava Trogus.
“We’ve been talking a lot about getting to the ball after the shot and pressuring,” Salvino said. “Especially in high school, the goalies will tend to drop the ball after a shot, so Jenna took the shot, I was in the right position and slid in for that one.”