Inside Girls Soccer

Athlete of the Week

Larissa Dooley

Prairie Ridge, so.

Dooley has played a large role in the Wolves’ recent winning streak that has them tied atop the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division with Huntley. The Wolves have rattled off 11 straight wins.

The speedy forward has scored five goals in the past week and is a threat to stretch the field, making the team tough to handle with other capable scorers opposite her.

Noteworthy

Back to basics for Jacobs: Last week, Jacobs coach Anthony Cappello watched as his team gave up nine goals while scoring just one in a 1-3 stretch.

Teams tend to have up and down stretches during the season but, despite the dips in performance, Cappello said his team has used last week’s play as a jumping-off point as the team heads into its final few games of the season.

“We gave up some soft goals last week,” Cappello said, “and maybe it was a blessing in disguise because we reaffirmed the basics of defending and keeping lighter on your feet rather than stepping in and committing.”

The Golden Eagles have two more matches left in the season, both nonconference, against Libertyville and Hononegah.

Chargers show improvement: Dundee-Crown has been a work in progress this season with many young players. The Chargers have five wins, but their play has improved with each passing match.

Coach Sebastian Falinski said that all season he was looking for his team to put together a solid 80 minutes, and the past few matches they have.

“We have come a long way,” he said. “The girls are playing well now.”

Each of the Chargers’ losses has been by no more than two goals, except for a 6-0 loss April 26 against Huntley.

Wolves rest: After his team played seven games in seven days, Prairie Ridge coach JC Brown has given his players some personal time to get away from the sport.

“I gave them the week off to have fun and have a good time,” Brown said. “I want them to come back Monday refocused and ready to go.” 

This week’s
top match

Prairie Ridge at Huntley,
4:30 p.m. Thursday

The Wolves haven’t allowed a goal in 11 games and will travel to Huntley to play for the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title.

The Red Raiders have three losses – one in conference.

– Patrick Mason

pmason@shawmedia.com