MCHENRY – The McHenry soccer team did something Tuesday they hadn’t done since George W. Bush was president, the White Sox had just won the World Series, and their current seniors were in elementary school.
The Warriors beat Cary-Grove. McHenry started Fox Valley Conference Valley division play with a 2-0 win over the Trojans.
As they’ve done in many of their games this season, the Warriors got off to a fast start. Just seven minutes into the match, McHenry executed a perfect corner kick from Abby Ross and Alexis Morales was able to get it past Trojans keeper Morgan Olsen to put the Warriors up 1-0.
McHenry (6-2,1-0 FVC Valley) dominated most of the first 25 minutes of play, but Cary-Grove would start to get their chances late in the first half and seemed to gain the momentum heading in to halftime. The Trojans would have the wind at their back in the second half, which McHenry used to its advantage in the first half. Unfortunately for Cary-Grove (6-4-1, 0-1), the second half was more of the same.
With 26 minutes remaining in regulation, Loyola recruit Avalon Senn-Raemont showed a veteran move, waiting for the ball to avoid going offsides and put it past Olsen to put McHenry up 2-0. McHenry would spend the remainder of the game doing what the Warriors pride themselves in. Defending.
“The way we defended today is the definition of McHenry soccer,” McHenry coach Greg Eiserman said. “Cary-Grove is such a great team that we haven’t beaten for almost 10 years. Getting an early goal was huge for our confidence. We did a great job keeping them off the scoreboard. This was a great way to kick off conference play.”
Although she was only credited with three saves, McHenry keeper Gracie Holmes was a key factor in the McHenry victory while earning her third shutout of the season.
“When you play a good team like Cary-Grove, communication is key and we did that very well today,” Holmes said. “We defended very well which always makes my job a lot easier.”
Cary-Grove coach Ray Krystal felt Tuesday’s game will be a learning experience for the young Trojans.
“Give McHenry all the credit today,” Krystal said. “They played very well and we had a tough time getting anything going. We will learn from this and build on it.”