Girls Soccer: Maine South turns it around when healthyPark Ridge, 04/05/12--Maine South's Allison Curry dribbles the ball past Glenbrook North's Sia Dagrizikos. Maine South High School hosted Glenbrook North High School in soccer Thursday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 10, 2012 6:58PM
A healthy Maine South team has been an unbeatable Maine South team.
After losing their first two games of the season without their full lineup, the Hawks remained unblemished in their next seven matches to enter the week 6-2-1.
The latest success was a 4-1 victory over Highland Park on Monday.
“We’re getting better every game, and that’s good news,” Maine South coach J.J. Crawford said.
Crawford was unsure what to expect from a club that returned only six varsity veterans, including four starters. But he’s been happy with the results.
“To be honest, I had no idea what we would be like, at least early on,” said the coach, who counts seven sophomores on the roster.
Allison Curry and Alison Cottrell fuel the offense. The forwards have combined for 16 goals and eight assists through nine games.
The pair plays up top because Jessica Schmidt has stood out in the midfield. The sophomore joined the Hawks for the first time after competing for her club team last year.
“She’s been a nice addition,” Crawford said of Schmidt, who also has four goals. “She’s been so good it’s allowed me to keep Curry and Cottrell up front.”
Emily O’Grady is another sophomore earning her keep. After starting on the JV last year, she’s been in goal for eight of the team’s nine matches. She’s posted three shutouts and allowed only four goals. In the one match she didn’t play, the Hawks fell to Stevenson 3-1.
“She really has a special talent,” Crawford said. “The last couple of years we did the split because I felt both girls were pretty much the same. This year, Emily is the best we have, and I feel comfortable with her back there.
“I think she will be an all-stater soon.”
Maine South was scheduled to play Lockport on Tuesday in the first round of the Pepsi Showdown, with the winner advancing to today’s (Thursday’s) round. Quarterfinals are Saturday at Schaumburg’s Olympic Park.
“I knew we had potential,” Crawford said. “We are improving every time we step on the field. If that trend continues, we will be a tough team to beat.”