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High school girls soccer insider: Cary-Grove's Kelly Stayart is athlete of the week; rankings; notes

Kelly Stayart, Cary-Grove
Kelly Stayart, Cary-Grove

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Kelly Stayart, Cary-Grove, Sr., F

Stayart had a goal and an assist in Cary-Grove’s loss to defending Class 3A state champion Barrington on Friday in the Class 3A Guilford Sectional championship game.

The Trojans lost a heartbreaker, 3-2 (3-1 penalty kicks) to Barrington. Stayart scored the Trojans’ first goal and assisted on Maggie Mason’s goal in overtime after C-G fell behind, 2-1.

Stayart finished her senior season with 15 goals and 10 assists.

POWER RANKINGS

1. Prairie Ridge (17-1): With head-to-head wins against everyone in the FVC, the Wolves finish the season atop the McHenry County-area rankings.

2. Cary-Grove (13-3-2): The Trojans very nearly ended Barrington’s sectional streak, which extended to 10 with the win over C-G.

3. Crystal Lake South (13-7): The Gators battled tough in a Class 2A sectional championship loss to Burlington Central on Friday.

4. Crystal Lake Central (13-7-1): The Tigers’ 13 victories were the most for the program since winning 13 in 2007. Central fell just short of its first regional title since 2009.

5. Jacobs (12-6-2): The Golden Eagles won their first regional since 2012.

NOTEWORTHY

Gators goalie: Crystal Lake South goalkeeper Marissa Fetters played only one year of varsity soccer, but the senior made her mark this season.

Fetters made 13 saves in a sectional championship game loss to Burlington Central, days after making 18 saves in a sectional semifinal win over Sycamore in overtime.

Fetters made a number of diving efforts in Friday’s loss. Even though the Rockets pushed a couple of goals past her, Fetters kept her team in the game.

“Marissa has been an absolute star for us, especially the second half of the season – all the way through the conference and the playoffs,” coach Jay Mueller said. “I can’t say enough about how much she’s progressed since the beginning of the year.”

Fetters wasn’t surprised that her team didn’t go down easy. The Gators had come back from deficits in each of their previous two victories.

“We worked really hard to get a shot in,” Fetters said. “We just weren’t there. We had so many opportunities that we could have got one in.”

Fetters had nine shutouts on the season. She finished the season averaging 1.25 goals allowed per game.

WHAT TO WATCH

IHSA state finals, Friday and Saturday, North Central College, Naperville: The Class 2A and 3A state semifinals and championships are this weekend. All McHenry County-area teams have been eliminated from the postseason.

2018 McHenry County Most Valuable Athlete Awards, 7 p.m. June 7, McHenry County College: The Northwest Herald Girls Soccer Player of the Year, along with numerous other awards, will be handed out.

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