Athlete of the Week
Nikki Anderson, Prairie Ridge, sr., F
The Wolves senior forward is off to a hot start, with five goals and one assist through Prairie Ridge’s first four games. Prairie Ridge is 3-0-1 to start the season after running through the regular season undefeated in 2018.
Anderson scored two goals in Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory over Vernon Hills. She has led the charge offensively for a veteran Prairie Ridge team, with eight seniors. Last year as a junior, Anderson scored nine goals and added 14 assists.
The Wolves have wins over Vernon Hills, Loyola Academy and Grayslake North. The one draw came against Buffalo Grove.
Check back next week for this season’s first edition of the Northwest Herald power rankings.
Newcomer in net: Cary-Grove sophomore forward Jenna Stayart said having McKenna Sheehan at goalkeeper is “super nice.”
Cary-Grove already had a ton of experience coming back this season, then the Trojans added the senior Sheehan, who will play keeper at Division I Missouri in the fall.
“It’s great having McKenna, I’m so happy she came back," Stayart said. "It’s really nice knowing she’s going to be there and you can trust her back there.”
Sheehan had never played for the high school team at C-G prior to this season. She previously played with Eclipse Select Soccer Club based out of Oak Brook. Stayart said many of the Trojans played with Sheehan growing up.
Last season, then-freshmen Lauren Passaglia and Sydney Schmidt shared time in goal for the Trojans. Passaglia made 15 saves in C-G’s Class 3A sectional championship loss last season, which went into penalty kicks against eventual state champion Barrington.
Passaglia and Schmidt are both still a part of what coach Ray Krystal called “a crew of quality goalkeepers.”
“Having McKenna this year, she has more experience than our younger goalkeepers,” Krystal said. “She can offer some guidance, where it’s going to help all of our goalkeepers be better.”
Returning Blue Streak: Woodstock senior Emma Dorn did not play for the Blue Streaks last season, instead focusing on her club season with Sockers FC Chicago. Dorn announced her return with two goals against Richmond-Burton in the Streaks’ season opener Tuesday. Dorn now has 48 career goals just one game into her third season at Woodstock.
"It's huge to have Emma back,” coach Matt Warmbier said. “Getting her leadership qualities is one of the biggest things ... her work rate, her effort, her tenacity and her goal-scoring prowess. She had two goals and could have had a couple of more."
Other hot starts: Woodstock North’s Taylor Prerost scored four goals in the Thunder’s Kishwaukee River Conference opener, an 11-0 win over Harvard. The Thunder are 1-1 overall.
Dundee-Crown’s returning leading scorer Katelyn Skibinski scored twice in the first 14 minutes of the Chargers’ season opener last week. D-C is 1-0 after beating Streamwood, 3-1.
WHAT TO WATCH
Woodstock at Burlington Central, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: The Blue Streaks will test themselves against the defending KRC champion. Burlington Central has won two straight Class 2A sectional titles.
Jacobs, Huntley at Huntley Invite, Wednesday: The Golden Eagles and the Red Raiders will compete in the six-team Huntley Invite, which begins March 27. Huntley takes on Rockford Auburn at 11 a.m. Wednesday, while Jacobs opens against Boylan at 1 p.m.