Athlete of the Week
Delaney Pruitt, Johnsburg, jr., forward
Last year’s McHenry County Girls Soccer Player of the Year has been just as impressive this year. The junior forward has been one of the area’s top goal scorers all season. On Tuesday, Pruitt added to her tally by scoring two goals in the Skyhawks' 4-2 win over Willows Academy in the Class 1A Richmond-Burton sectional semifinal.
“She really has caused problems for any defense that we have faced this year,” coach Rob Eastland said. “She’s a tough weapon to handle up front, and I’m lucky to have a player like her for another year after this one.”
Johnsburg tops R-B, will play for sectional championship: Over the weekend, the Johnsburg Skyhawks defeated Richmond-Burton in the Class 1A Harvard Regional championship game 1-0 in overtime on a goal from Sarah Weaver. They advanced to the Richmond-Burton sectional, where they knocked off Willows Academy, and will play Elgin St. Edward on Friday night for the sectional championship. The Skyhawks went to the state tournament last season.
Many local teams advance in playoffs: The playoffs for Class 2A and 3A are well underway, and many of the local teams have found success. The Woodstock Blue Streaks knocked off Woodstock North to advance to the Marian Central regional final. Crystal Lake Central, Huntley, McHenry, and Prairie Ridge won their opening matches, and will play for their regional championships. Marian Central, Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown, and Cary-Grove were all in action Wednesday in regional semifinals.
Weather presents problems: Many of Tuesday’s playoff games underwent weather delays or postponements due to rain and lightning. Prairie Ridge’s regional semifinal against Chicago Resurrection underwent two lightning delays before the game was finally called.
“It’s not fun to play in, but it is what it is,” Wolves coach JC Brown said. “Both teams have to deal with it, and it comes down to who can execute their game plan better.”
This Week’s Top Matches
Johnsburg vs. St. Edward
Class 1A Richmond-Burton Sectional final
Friday, 6 p.m.
The Skyhawks will look for their second consecutive sectional championship as they take on the St Edward Green Wave out of Elgin.
Crystal Lake Central vs. Deerfield
Class 2A Deerfield Regional final
Saturday, 11 a.m.
Crystal Lake Central will face a tough test as they battle the host Deerfield team, who scored eight goals in their opening match. The Tigers shut out Grayslake Central 2-0, and the play of goalkeeper Caitlyn Dayton will likely determine how long CL Central’s playoff run will last.
Prairie Ridge vs. Lakes
Class 2A Lakes Regional final
Saturday, 11 a.m.
The Wolves advanced to their regional final where they will take on the host team from Lakes High School. Both teams had shut out wins in their semifinal matches, with Prairie Ridge winning 2-0 on goals from Erin Ginsberg and Allyson Walsh.