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Athlete of the Week

Natalie Starrenburg

Hampshire, sr.

Starrenburg led the Whip-Purs to a first-place finish in the Richmond-Burton soccer tournament. The senior forward had a goal and two assists in the two games, including a second-half goal against R-B that handed the Rockets their first loss of the season.

Starrenburg also had a goal and two assists in a Fox Valley Conference crossover win against Dundee-Crown and has five goals and eight assists on the season.

Noteworthy

Improving defense: With two all-conference defenders returning from last year, yielding three goals to St. Viator in the opening game of the season wasn’t exactly the start Jacobs was looking for defensively.

But since the season opener, junior defender Margaret Rivera said the team is progressing on the back line.

“We’re getting a lot more defensively sound,” Rivera said. “I’m getting louder. Every year I’ve had to get louder and organize more things and how we work off the ball in the back.”

Jacobs hasn’t given up more than two goals in any match since the 3-1 loss to St. Viator. The Golden Eagles have yielded only one goal in their past four contests, including games against Hersey, New Trier and Hampshire.

Shutout streak: On the topic of improving defenses, Prairie Ridge hasn’t allowed opponents many scoring chances over the past two weeks. During their six-game winning streak, the Wolves haven’t given up a goal, outscoring opponents, 25-0.

Hats off: Three local players recorded hat tricks Tuesday. Richmond-Burton’s Sam Boettjer, McHenry’s Molly Machometa and Marengo’s Sabrina Marsh all scored three goals in victories.

R-B freshman Amanda Hoglund, Marian Central’s Laura LeFevour and Crystal Lake South’s Bianca Miceli also had hat tricks Thursday.

This week’s top games

Crystal Lake Southat Prairie Ridge

4:30 p.m. today

This is the first FVC Valley Division matchup for both teams. South and Prairie Ridge have looked good early in the season, but a win in their conference opener is essential if either team hopes to contend for a title with Huntley and Jacobs.

Richmond-Burtonat Burlington Central

4:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Rockets are 4-0 in the Big Northern Conference East Division and can complete the first-round sweep of conference play with a victory against Burlington Central. The 10 conference games comprise home-and-away matchups against divisional opponents.

– Ross Jacobson rjacobson@shawmedia.com

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