Player of the Week
Katie Beck, Crystal Lake Central, jr., forward
Beck was a big part of a Tigers team that earned a share of the FVC Fox Division title. Crystal Lake Central won both of its games this week, and went unbeaten in its final five games to finish the season. This week, Beck scored two goals in team’s 3-1 win over Johnsburg. Then, on Tuesday, she scored two more goals and added two assists in the Tigers’ win over Woodstock North to clinch a share of the title.
Teams clinch share of both FVC titles: Woodstock and Crystal Lake Central will share the Fox Division regular season crown. The Blue Streaks, which clinched their first Division title in school history, have won eight of their last nine games, including their latest victory, a 3-2 defeat of Grayslake Central in a shootout to clinch that share of the title with CL Central. The Tigers beat Woodstock North 7-0 to do their part.
“This is a huge building block for our program,” Woodstock coach Mike Golda said. “Our girls put their heart in soul into this season, which isn’t over yet, and I’m hoping we can keep going for a few more weeks.”
In the Valley Division, Prairie Ridge went to Crystal Lake South Tuesday needing a win over the Gators, who were previously undefeated in conference. The Wolves won 6-2, earning a share of their second straight FVC Valley title. This loss was South’s first in 14 matches.
R-B, Johnsburg to meet for regional final: At the Class 1A Harvard Regional, both Richmond-Burton and Johnsburg advanced in their first round games pretty easily on Tuesday. The Rockets defeated Harvard 9-0, and Johnsburg ousted Marengo 3-0. The teams will meet in their third straight regional final Saturday morning.
R-B (13-3) has won five straight games, while Johnsburg is trying to repeat its run to the state tournament from last season. The Skyhawks (8-9-1) have lost just one of their last six matches.
Ross released from hospital: Crystal Lake South freshman defender Jenna Ross was released from Lutheran General Wednesday afternoon after undergoing an MRI for a neck injury she sustained in Tuesday’s match against Prairie Ridge. Her father Tom Ross, who is the Johnsburg Athletic Director, said Jenna is wearing a neck brace and has neck muscle spasms, but has feeling back in her hands and will see a neurologist next week. He did not rule out Jenna playing again this season.
“The best-case scenario is that she will return next week,” Ross said.
This week’s top matches
Johnsburg vs. Richmond-Burton
Saturday, 11 a.m.
The aforementioned game will crown the winner of the Class 1A Harvard Regional. The winner moves on to the Richmond-Burton sectional, where the Rockets would get to play a game on their home field if they win. Johnsburg finished fourth in state last season and is looking to make another deep run into the playoffs.
Huntley and Cary-Grove regionals
Dundee-Crown will take on Crystal Lake South at 7 p.m. as part of the Class 3A Huntley Regional. This matchup is intriguing because the winner could face top seed and host Huntley, which will host Jacobs in their first round game at 5 p.m. In the Class 3A Cary-Grove Regional, the host Trojans will face Grant in the first round at 7 p.m., settling up a potential second-round matchup against top-seed McHenry, which will take on Round Lake at 5 p.m.