Athlete of the Week
Petersen has led the Trojans to five consecutive wins after they started 0-3-1. The forward scored a goal in the Trojans' 2-0 win over Crystal Lake Central on Thursday. Then, on Tuesday, she scored two goals and had an assist in C-G’s 5-0 victory over Hampshire.
Petersen has six goals this season, five of which have come in her past three games.
Huntley keeps rolling: The Red Raiders (9-2) came into this season as a team to beat in the Fox Valley Conference. Although they have yet to play a Valley Division match, Huntley has won five straight and nine of their past 10. In every one of their nine wins, they have shut out their opponent and have allowe three goals this season. Goalkeeper Jessica Galason has all nine shutouts for the Red Raiders, who are led by sophomore Taryn Jakubowski in scoring.
Johnsburg confident despite struggles: The Skyhawks lost their fourth straight match Tuesday to Prairie Ridge, 3-1. Coach Rob Eastland has liked how his young team has grown up to this point and knows the real meaningful and most difficult test will come starting Thursday, when FVC Fox Division play begins.
“When it comes down to it, we want to succeed in conference,” Eastland said. “The girls have improved so much since the beginning of the season. Our nonconference games do not mean anything once we get into our conference schedule. Our effort of late gives me a lot of hope of what we can accomplish on our side.”
Johnsburg (2-5) relies heavily on junior Delaney Pruitt, who leads the team with seven goals.
Woodstock North still looking for answers: The Thunder have started the season 0-7, having been outscored 41-2. The search for their first win may be hard to come by in their next match, as they host Cary-Grove, which has won five straight.
The Thunder have little varsity experience, wit three seniors on the roster, including starting goalkeeper Shanen Laabs.
FVC division play begins: Most of the teams within the Fox Valley Conference will wrap up their nonconference and crossover schedules and prepare for division play to start this week.
This week’s top matches
Cary-Grove at McHenry
4:30 p.m. Tuesday
The Trojans and Petersen head to McHenry to take on Alexis Morales and a feisty Warriors team to open FVC Valley Division play. Both teams have played well this season. C-G has not allowed a goal during their five-game winning streak, and the Warriors (4-2) have won four of their last five.
Huntley at Prairie Ridge
4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Prairie Ridge will host Huntley in each team’s first FVC Valley match. Both teams come into this week having won five straight. The Wolves will have a tough test trying to beat Galason hasn’t allowed a goal in more than five matches.
– Chris Casey