Inside girls soccer

Athlete of the Week

Amanda Hoglund

Richmond-Burton, freshman

Hoglund led the Rockets to a second-place finish in the Lakes Tournament last weekend.

She had a pair of goals in R-B’s 3-0 win over Antioch and scored the Rockets’ only goal in a 1-0 victory against Waukegan to help the Rockets to a 3-0 record in pool play. The Rockets lost to Grayslake North, 1-0, in the championship game.

Hoglund also had an assist in R-B’s 3-1 win over Burlington Central, giving the Rockets a 5-0 record in the Big Northern Conference East Division after the first round of conference games.

Noteworthy

Prairie Ridge streaking: Not many people were talking about Prairie Ridge as a team to watch in the FVC Valley at the start of the season. Even coach Josh Iverson said it was a “transitional year with a talented group of players” before the season started.

But the Wolves are 2-0 with wins over Crystal Lake South and Jacobs, tying for the early conference lead with Huntley.

Junior Jordan Reitz has scored all three of Prairie Ridge’s goals in its two conference games.

FVC play starts: Conference play finally is in full swing for the FVC. Since crossover games do not count this year for girls soccer, there are only six conference games that will count toward determining a division champion. Cary-Grove coach Ray Krystal said it adds a new element to the regular season.

“It makes it kind of interesting where it’s a playoff before the playoffs in a lot of ways,” Krystal said. “It makes it exciting how the conference schedule is structured.”

Jacobs’ injuries: The Golden Eagles can’t seem to shake the injury bug. Senior Cassidy Sherman sprained her MCL against Hampshire and is out 2-6 weeks. Coach Anthony Cappello said they hope to have Sherman back by regionals.

Cappello also said that senior forward Lauren Grady, who was dealing with hamstring troubles earlier in the season, re-tweaked her hamstring against Prairie Ridge on Tuesday.

This week’s best games

Jacobs at Huntley

6:30 p.m., today

Jacobs needs a win to stay in contention for the FVC Valley Division title. It will be Huntley’s Senior Night and the Red Raiders can move to 3-0 in conference with a victory.

Crystal Lake Central at Hampshire

4:30 p.m., today

This is a matchup of two of the better teams in the FVC Fox. Hampshire is 1-0 in conference after a 3-0 win over Johnsburg, while Central has been on the wrong end of one-goal games against Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.

– Ross Jacobson rjacobson@shawmedia.com

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