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High school girls soccer insider: Prairie Ridge's Abby Eriksen is Athlete of the Week

Abby Eriksen
Abby Eriksen

Athlete of the Week

Abby Eriksen, Prairie Ridge, sr., M/F

Eriksen scored six goals and had four assists over the past week in four Prairie Ridge wins. The Wolves defeated Dundee-Crown, 8-0, on April 3 and Eriksen scored two goals and had two assists. 

Prairie Ridge won three games over the weekend at the Lake Zurich Invite. Eriksen scored one goal vs. Hersey, two against Lake Zurich and one against Glenbrook North. 

Eriksen has nine goals and seven assists through nine games.

Northwest Herald Power Rankings

1. Prairie Ridge (8-0-1, 1-0 FVC): The Wolves are McHenry County’s last unbeaten team after winning the Lake Zurich Invite.

2. Cary-Grove (4-1-1, 1-0 FVC): The Trojans lost to unbeaten St. Charles North, 5-1, on April 3 in what was their first loss of the season. 

3. Crystal Lake Central (6-1, 1-0 FVC): After a season-opening loss to Wauconda, the Tigers keep winning. Central defeated Lincoln-Way West and Glenbard West in penalty kicks during the PepsiCo Showdown.

4. Huntley (4-3-2, 1-1 FVC): Huntley earned its way into the rankings by virtue of a three-game win streak, including two wins in the PepsiCo Showdown. 

5. Woodstock North (4-4-1, 3-0-1 KRC): The Thunder sit atop the KRC standings, along with Burlington Central, which is 3-0 in the KRC. 

Noteworthy

Short-handed ’canes: Marian Central is off to an 0-5 start and part of their struggles has been due to low numbers. The Hurricanes had only a few subs available during last week’s loss to Crystal Lake Central. 

“We have a lot of players that we would like to play back and forth [between varsity and JV], but when you have games at the same time, it’s just filling the benches and having enough subs,” head coach Brittany Hull-Solomon said. “Right now we’re dealing with fitness because of a small bench size.”

Hull-Solomon is a first-year head coach for the Hurricanes and a 2008 Marian alum. She coached the JV team at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Indiana, the past four years. 

Hull-Solomon recently married and moved back to the area. She teaches biology at Marian. She said it’s “funny to see different perspectives” returning as a teacher and a coach. 

“We still have a lot of struggles, a lot of growing pains,” Hull-Solomon said of the team. “With a new coach coming into a program, you’ve got to kind of feel out the waters, see where things are at and go from there. This year we’re really looking to just get that personal and team improvement.”

History at Hampshire: Tuesday’s 6-1 win over McHenry marked Hampshire’s first Fox Valley Conference win in seven years, according to coach Javier Rojo. The Whip-Purs (1-5-1, 1-1) hadn’t won in FVC play since 2012. 

Veronica Walker scored five goals for the Whips and Kylie Brodkorb added one. Walker also had one assist in the contest. Lara Dulaca had three assists. 

Rojo is in his first year coaching Hampshire.

“This is about 20 players buying into a common goal and vision,” Rojo said. “They played up to the occasion and with a clear identity. Everything came together for them and they made that happen for themselves.” 

What to Watch

Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Dundee-Crown, Huntley, Jacobs, Woodstock, Woodstock North at PepsiCo Showdown, Saturday: The PepsiCo Showdown brackets resume after this week’s “charity pod” play. 

Burlington Central at Woodstock, 4:30 p.m. Monday: Two of the KRC’s best square off. 

Crystal Lake Central at Prairie Ridge, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: Two top contenders in the FVC will meet. 

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