Athlete of the Week
Hoglund has played a key role in R-B’s strong start. The Rockets (9-0-1 overall, 5-0-1 Big Northern Conference East Divison) have not lost.
Her speed and quickness is something that defenses don’t seem prepared for as she creates space and opportunities for her teammates as well as her own. She has scored 11 goals in April.
Getting healthy: Woodstock has had a rough start to the season with a 3-8 record, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Blue Streaks have been plagued by injuries to key players, which has made it hard to find a consistent rhythm with one another.
Freshman starting goalkeeper Marissa Krueger is one of those key players to have been injured. On Wednesday, Krueger played her first game since April 8 after being sidelined for more than two weeks with hip bursitis. She played a half in order to ease back into the game.
“I almost made her a captain as a freshman,” Woodstock coach Mike Golda said. “She knows the game really well and she keeps the players into the game. She brings a lot of confidence back to the defense.”
The Blue Streaks also have been without sweeper Leina Haanio for a few weeks because of a high ankle sprain, but she also played in Wednesday’s loss to Grayslake North.
“We are hoping to work these players back in,” Golda said, “and to be healthy enough to make a run in the playoffs.”
No lost time: Richmond-Burton seems to have picked up right where it left off after its most successful season in school history. The Rockets took third in the Class 1A state playoffs and are looking as strong as ever this season.
“We gained a lot of experience in the state run last year,” Rockets coach Chris Wagner said. “We do have an influx of talented freshmen, and they have contributed right away.
“You can tell that the girls have a passion for soccer and that they genuinely love the game.”
The Rockets have given up just two goals this season while scoring 45, often winning games by more than five goals.
Even as the team lost seniors to graduation, the returning players wasted no time in making the freshmen feel welcome and integrating them into the system, and it is something Wagner said has worked perfectly.
“I told my captains at the beginning of the year, ‘Make sure you’re talking to [the freshmen],’ and my seniors have done a good job of making them feel comfortable and making sure they weren’t intimidated.”
Cary-Grove at Huntley
6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Huntley will look to continue its dominance this season, but Cary-Grove features a streaky offense that can string together a few goals in a short period of time. This should be a low-scoring match.
4:30 p.m. Tuesday
The Rockets will put their undefeated record on the line with just two games remaining. The Rockets feature an explosive offense and a stifling defense.
– Patrick Mason