HUNTLEY – "Task at hand."
All season, that's been the Huntley girls soccer team's motto. Don't overlook anyone. That continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Park Supersectional against St. Charles East (17-4-2).
"It is such a great experience to have gotten this far," senior forward Jessica Helm said. "But we want more. This is a great opportinity to show teams what we are capable of. That motto has gotten us to where we are, and we have stuck by it through this entire season."
Huntley (19-6) will take on St. Charles East (17-4-2) after advancing with a 1-0 (6-5 in shootout) win over Harlem on Friday.
"Anything can happen once you reach supersectionals," coach Kris Grabner said. "I've been telling the girls that since we advanced here. I know we're ready and I'm excited for us to get out there."
Despite coming away with the victory Friday night, Huntley did not a score a goal for the full 100 minutes played. Grabner does not believe that will be a problem moving forward.
"It's not an overly big concern," Grabner said. "I think we created a lot of good scoring chances, and you'd obviously like to put a few in, but we are confident in what we've been able to create."
One of those chances they were able to create Friday night ended up in a collison between Harlem goalkeeper and Huntley senior captain Abby Nordeen. Grabner confirmed Monday that her nose was broken, but made her status very clear for Tuesday's game.
"She'll be ready to go."
East's Amanda Hilton will be a player for Huntley to keep an eye on. The Nebraska-bound midfielder scored the only goal in the team's 1-0 victory over Conant to get to this point. The Saints have a similar style of play to Huntley's with a strong back line and midfield play. Both have strong senior leadership, which can be crucial to a deep playoff run.
Huntley has not won a game this season in which it has allowed a goal. All 19 victories have been shutouts. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Galason knows a lot rests on her shoulders, but also knows her the team in front of her is ready.
"Our mindset is just to get a win and advance, however that happens." Galason said. "We're as focused as we've ever been. We know we are going to face a very tough opponent, but if we do what has got us here, I like our chances."
The Red Raiders truly believe they have something special and know, if they continue to play how they have and do the things that have got them here, this playoff run will continue to North Central College this weekend for the state finals.
"Knowing that every game could be our last makes us work that much harder," Helm said. "We leave our hearts out on the field and we have given everything to prove we deserve a chance to be here."