Athlete of the Week
Cary-Grove, senior, midfielder/forward
Wilde has been an offensive force the Trojans in their last three games. The senior midfielder/forward scored five goals in that stretch while tallying three assists. Wilde’s hat trick and assist against Crystal Lake Central on Thursday helped the Trojans beat the Tigers, 6-1, in a Fox Valley Conference crossover game.
Win streaks: Some area teams have picked a great time to play well, especially when the season may have not started as hoped.
Cary-Grove has won five straight games after opening the season 0-2, which included tough one-goal losses to Rockford Boylan and Barrington in games that were both on the road.
Huntley continues its impressive run to open the season. The Red Raiders have yet to lose a game en route to an 8-0-1 mark. They tied Lake Park, 3-3, in the Lake Park Invitational the first week of the season but since then, Huntley has outscored opponents 18-0.
Huntley should be challenged during the Pepsi Showdown, which continued Tuesday. If they make it through unscathed, division rival Prairie Ridge could represent a tough test when they meet next Tuesday to kickoff FVC Valley Division play.
Although Marian Central started the season 0-3, the Hurricanes began Suburban Christian Conference schedule going 3-0 – part of a stretch in which they won five consecutive games.
Marian has found a way to win the close games they couldn’t pull out to start the year. The Hurricanes beat Marmion, 3-2, in penalty kicks on Thursday and followed that with a 4-2 win against Chicago Christian on Saturday. Steady play by Connor Hull and Bryan Hart, who have each tallied a goal and an assist during the Hurricanes’ five-game winning streak, has been a difference maker for Marian.
FVC division play looms: After weeks of nonconference opponents, tournaments and crossover games, FVC division games finally start up next week beginning Tuesday.
In the FVC, both divisions appear to be dogfights, especially since only the six division games count towards the division titles. The Fox Division doesn’t seem to have one clear-cut favorite while the Valley Division boasts five teams with winning records.
This week’s can’t-miss games
Aurora Central Catholic at Marian Central, 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Having started Suburban Christian Conference play 3-0, the Hurricanes can continue a solid start to conference play with a strong effort at home.
Huntley at Prairie Ridge, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
The Red Raiders open FVC Valley Division play on the road against the Wolves, which should be a good battle between two teams vying for the division title.
Cary-Grove at McHenry, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
In a showdown between two of the area’s hottest teams, the Warriors have an opportunity to notch a big home win against the Trojans, who are one of the division favorites.