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Girls Soccer: Sport plagued by concussions

Jun 6, 2012

The results of an 11-year study by the American Public Health Association determined that girls soccer trailed only football as the sport with the highest rate of concussion incidence (0.35 per 1,000 athletic exposures). The same study showed that girls, when playing the same sport as boys, have twice the concussion rate.

Girls Soccer: Sun-Times rankings

Jun 4, 2012

Preseason No. 1 Naperville North is also the top-ranked team in the final Sun-Times girls soccer rankings of the season.

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Girls Soccer: Christa Szalach’s fourth-overtime smash lifts Naperville North to state title

Jun 4, 2012

Taking a pass from senior teammate Hunter Drendel, Christa Szalach smashed a ball from the left side from about 12 yards out in the 119th minute that provided top-ranked Naperville North a dramatic 1-0, four-overtime Class 3A state championship victory over No. 6 St. Charles North Saturday at North Central College in Naperville.

Girls Soccer: State title sweet redemption for Hunter Drendel

Jun 4, 2012

Naperville North midfielder Hunter Drendel was one of many players who walked off the field in tears last year following a 1-0 loss to Granite City in the Class 3A state championship game. Drendel was again in tears Saturday night, but for a much different reason. The senior was shedding tears of joy after winning a state title.

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Girls Soccer: Downers South clips Glenbrook South in PKs for third place

Jun 4, 2012

Downers South senior keeper Cassidy Herrmann made two brilliant saves during the penalty kick shootout that helped Downers South edge Glenbrook South 2-1 in Class 3A third-place game Saturday at North Central College in Naperville.

Girls Soccer: Player of the Year Courtney Raetzman synonymous with Conant’s success

Jun 4, 2012

Courtney Raetzman, a 5-foot Kentucky recruit and the 2012 Sun-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year, put Conant on the map, leading the Cougars to a fourth-place finish as a freshman and a third-place trophy last year.

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Girls Soccer: Lane’s Jasmin Carrera, Payton’s Corinne Harris among All-Area selections

Jun 4, 2012

Headlined by Sun-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year Courtney Raetzman of Conant, the 2012 All-Area team is filled with an abundance of talent, including Lane midfielder Jasmin Carrera and Payton forward Corinne Harris.

Girls Soccer: 2012 All-Area teams

Jun 4, 2012

Check out the Sun-Times’ first, second and third All-Area team selections.

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Girls Soccer: Taylor Bucaro’s free kick goal lifts St Francis to first state title

Jun 4, 2012

Junior defender Taylor Bucaro ripped a free kickt into the upper left corner of the net with 5:13 remaining for what held up as the game-winning goal as St. Francis captured its first state title with a 2-1 win over Chatham Glenwood at North Central College in Naperville.

Girls Soccer: St Viator downs Normal U-High in 2A third-place match

Jun 4, 2012

Katelyn Hammarlund scored twice and Erin Renee Murphy and Erin Malone each had a goal in St. Viator’s 4-1 win over Normal U-High on Saturday.

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Girls Soccer: Zoe Swift strikes twice, Naperville North back in final

Jun 4, 2012

Naperville North junior forward Zoe Swift scored twice to power the top-ranked Huskies to a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Glenbrook South in a Class 3A semifinal Friday at North Central College in Naperville.

Girls Soccer: Amanda Gaggioli’s goal carries St Francis into final

Jun 4, 2012

Sydney Fox made a steal in the midfield that triggered a 3-on-1 break and seconds later senior Amanda Gaggioli buried an eight-yard shot as St. Francis advanced to its first state championship game by edging St. Viator 1-0 in a Class 2A semifinal Friday at North Central College in Naperville.

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Girls Soccer: Naperville North, Glenbrook South highlight state quarterfinal matchups

Jun 4, 2012

Top-ranked and defending Class 3A state runner-up Naperville North avoided the win-or-go-home state tournament format that clipped state powers Loyola, New Trier and Conant. Next up for the Huskies is Glenbrook South in Friday’s state quarterfinals at North Central College in Naperville. Check out the rest of the quarterfinal matchups here.

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Girls Soccer: Lauren Koehl, St Charles North edge Barrington

Jun 4, 2012

St. Charles North’s Kelly Manski’s short kick from the left corner found Lauren Koehl near the top of the left side of the penalty area and Koehl turned and fired a 15-yard shot into the lower right corner of the net just 86 seconds into the contest. That goal held up for a 1-0 victory over Barrington in Tuesday’s Class 3A Barrington Supersectional.

Girls Soccer: Naperville North advances to state for second straight season

Jun 4, 2012

Naperville North cruised two hours south to the Class 3A Normal Supersectional on Tuesday and easily handled downstate Collinsville, 4-1, to advance to state for the second straight season. The Huskies will face Glenbrook South in Friday’s 5 p.m. state semifinal.

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Girls Soccer: Carolyn Nash’s overtime goal lifts Glenbrook South past New Trier

Jun 4, 2012

Glenbrook South midfielder Carolyn Nash scored the game-winning goal just over a minute into the first overtim to give the Titans a 1-0 sudden-death victory over New Trier on Tuesday in Palatine.

Girls Soccer: Downers Grove South coasts past Homewood-Flossmoor

Jun 4, 2012

Downers South’s Rachel Ruggiero, Flo Beshiri and Brittany Dietz netted the first three goals, and Sarrah Ludwig scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach as the Mustangs rolled to a 6-0 victory over Homewood-Flossmoor Tuesday in the Class 3A Benedictine University Supersectional.

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Girls soccer: Lincoln-Way North falls to Normal U-High

Jun 4, 2012

A banged up Lincoln-Way North squad did everything it could Tuesday night to put itself in position to earn its first trip to state. In the end, though, it took just one play – and perhaps one questionable call – to end the Phoenix’s historic season. Marissa Villafuerte scored on a free kick in the second minute of the fourth overtime to lift Normal University High to a 1-0 win in the Class 2A Normal West Supersectional.

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Girls Soccer: St Francis slips past Benet

Jun 4, 2012

St. Francis outlasted Benet in penalty kicks 4-2 to break a 1-1 tie as the Spartans advanced to the state semifinals.

Girls Soccer: Katherine Petrovich’s OT goal sends St Viator to state semis

Jun 4, 2012

Katelyn Hammarlund slid a pass across the crease in the fifth minute of overtime to Katherine Petrovich, who buried the short shot to give St. Viator a 1-0 victory over Freeport in Tuesday’s Class 2A Barrington Supersectional.

Girls Soccer: Sun-Times rankings

Jun 4, 2012

Naperville North returns to the No. 1 spot in this week’s Sun-Times girls soccer rankings.

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Girls Soccer: Homewood-Flossmoor, Lincoln-Way North look to keep postseason runs going

Jun 4, 2012

Homewood-Flossmoor and Lincoln-Way North will each compete in a supersectional on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer: Manteno’s Class 1A title quest falls short

Jun 4, 2012

Quincy Notre Dame scored three times in a 10-minute, second-half span to capture the Class 1A state championship with a 3-0 victory over Manteno Saturday at North Central College in Naperville.

Girls Soccer: Hannah Condit guides Richmond-Burton to third-place finish in Class 1A State Finals

Jun 4, 2012

Hannah Condit recorded a goal and an assist to provide the offensive spark for Richmond-Burton’s 3-0 victory over Lisle in the Class 1A third-place game Saturday at North Central College.

Girls Soccer: Benet blasts its way into supersectionals

Jun 4, 2012

Benet continued its relentless march through the Class 2A playoffs on Saturday, scoring on its first two shots en route to a 3-0 victory over Rosary in the Nazareth Sectional title game.

Girls Soccer: Haley Hruska keys Homewood-Flossmoor upset of Sandburg

Jun 4, 2012

Haley Hruska scored twice on headers to lead host Homewood-Flossmoor to a 3-1 upset of Sandburg in a Class 3A sectional title game Saturday.

Girls Soccer: New Trier ends Loyola’s unbeaten season, advances to supersectional

Jun 4, 2012

New Trier’s Maddie Mulford scored in the 103rd minute to give the Trevians a 1-0 victory over unbeaten Loyola in the Class 3A Niles North Sectional Final on Friday.

Girls Soccer: Richmond-Burton no match for Quincy Notre Dame

Jun 4, 2012

Quincy Notre Dame senior Shannon Foley set a Class 1A state tournament finals record with four goals, and the unbeaten Raiders cruised to a berth in Saturday’s 7 p.m. championship match by beating Richmond-Burton 6-0 in the semifinals at North Central College in Naperville.

Girls Soccer: Emily Gaither propels Manteno into Class 1A title game

Jun 4, 2012

Sophomore Emily Gaither scored two first-half goals, then returned after an ankle injury and finished off the match as she led Manteno to a 4-0 victory at North Central College in Naperville. The win put Manteno in Saturday’s 7 p.m. championship match.

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Girls Soccer: Naperville North downs Lockport, claims own sectional

Jun 4, 2012

Zoe Swift scored early in the second half and Sarah Feder added an insurance goal with just under 10 minutes remaining to lift Naperville North to a 2-0 victory over Lockport in Friday’s Class 3A Naperville North sectional title game.

Girls Soccer: Downers South defeats Hinsdale Central in PK thriller

Jun 4, 2012

Senior goalie Cassidy Hermann saved Hinsdale Central’s final penalty kick as Downers South won a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory in the championship game of the Class 3A Downers Grove South Sectional.

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Jun 4, 2012

Kristi and Lexi Cesario each scored and host Lincoln-Way North held off seventh-seeded Providence’s second-half surge for a 2-1 win Friday in a Class 2A sectional final in Frankfort.

Girls soccer: St Viator shuts out Lake Forest

Jun 4, 2012

St. Viator scored in the 12th minute and Lions keeper Morgan Hess did the rest, as the squad from Arlington Heights knocked Lake Forest out of the Class 2A playoffs with a 1-0 win Friday in the finals of the Lakes Sectional girls soccer tournament in Lake Villa.

Girls soccer: St Francis tops rival Wheaton Academy

Jun 4, 2012

St. Francis beat rival Wheaton Academy 2-0 on Friday, winning a Class 2A sectional title and moving on to a supersectional and a chance for a berth in the state’s Final Four. The win for St. Francis marked the first ever for the school over rival Wheaton Academy.

Girls Soccer: Lisle’s return trip to state a surprise

Jun 4, 2012

Lisle used a veteran team to finish fourth in the Class 1A state tournament and earn its first girls soccer trophy in 2010. Two years later, the Lions are back with a much different squad. Lisle will start four freshmen and three sophomores when they face Manteno in the first state semifinal Friday at North Central College in Naperville.

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Girls Soccer: Naperville North ousts Neuqua Valley

Jun 4, 2012

Jillian Van Kampen was probably one of the last players anybody figured would score a game-winning goal in a big playoff game. But that’s what the Naperville North junior defender did Wednesday, booming a 37-yard shot into the upper left corner of the net to give the top-seeded Huskies a 2-1 victory over No. 4 seed Neuqua Valley at the Class 3A Naperville North Sectional semifinals

Girls Soccer: Upstart Lockport ousts Metea Valley

Jun 4, 2012

Abby Brehm’s goal early in the second half lifted No. 10 Lockport past No. 8 Metea Valley 1-0 Wednesday in the Naperville North Sectional semifinals.

Girls Soccer: Homewood-Flossmoor knocks off Andrew; Sandburg also a winner

Jun 4, 2012

Host Homewood-Flossmoor rode a defense led by Sammy Larocca and a first-half goal from Chrissy Coderre to a 1-0 win over Andrew in a Class 3A sectional semifinal. In the other semi, Sandburg defeated Stagg 2-0 behind Jayna Kozlowski’s four saves.

Girls soccer: Quincy Kellett leads Rosary to upset over Nazareth

Jun 4, 2012

Rosary freshman Quincy Kellett scored two goals to lead the Royals to a 2-0 win over Nazareth in Wednesday’s Class 2A Nazareth sectional semifinal.

Wednesday’s girls soccer roundup

Jun 4, 2012

Scores and highlights from Wednesday’s action.

Girls Soccer: Providence pulls 4 OT stunner; Lincoln-Way North also wins

Jun 4, 2012

Maggie Corso scored with 2:19 left in the fourth overtime as Providence pulled another playoff shocker with a 2-1 win over Lincoln-Way West Tuesday in a Class 2A Lincoln-Way North Sectional semifinal. In the other semi, Lincoln-Way North defeated Plainfield East 4-0.

Girls Soccer: Sarrah Ludwig scores twice to lead Downers South to sectional final

Jun 4, 2012

Sarrah Ludwig scored two goals on headers Tuesday night to lift Downers Grove South to a 2-1 victory over York in a Class 3A Downers Grove South Sectional semifinal. The Mustangs (17-5-3) will host Hinsdale Central in Friday’s sectional title match.

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Girls Soccer: Skylar Tomko’s strike lifts Lisle into state semifinals

Jun 4, 2012

With 16:06 left in regulation Tuesday, Lisle’s Skylar Tomko dribbled from the left side of the penalty box toward the middle before launching a 17-yard chip shot that sailed under the crossbar to lift the Lions to a 1-0 victory over St. Edward and into the Class 1A state semifinals.

Girls Soccer: Richmond -Burton topples Parker for state semifinal berth

Jun 4, 2012

Richmond-Burton will be heading to its first girls soccer state semifinal after defeating Parker 3-1 on Tuesday at the Ridgewood Supersectional.

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Girls soccer: Four second-half goals push Lake Forest past Lakes

Jun 4, 2012

Lake Forest scored four goals in 13 minutes early in the second half to erase a halftime deficit and the Scouts went on to club host Lakes 5-2 on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 2A sectional girls soccer tournament.

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Girls Soccer: Benet cruises to Class 2A sectional final

Jun 4, 2012

Benet made short work of Glenbard South with a 6-0 win, in the Nazareth Academy Class 2A Sectional semifinal on Tuesday in LaGrange Park. Catherine Caniglia and Jamei Borges scored two goals each to advance the Redwings to Saturday’s sectional final against the winner of Wednesday’s other sectional semifinal between the host school and Rosary.

Tuesday’s girls soccer roundup

Jun 4, 2012

Scores and highlights from Tuesday’s action.

Girls soccer: Prairie Ridge shuts out Burlington Central

Jun 4, 2012

Prairie Ridge scored the game’s lone goal in the first half and held on to win 1-0 over Burlington Central in Tuesday’s Class 2A Belvidere Sectional.

Girls Soccer: Geneva storms past Wheaton North with six second-half goals

Jun 4, 2012

Geneva scored six goals in the second half, including four on consecutive shots, en route to a convincing 6-0 win over Wheaton North in the Class 3A West Chicago Regional title game.

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Girls Soccer: Quincy Kellett’s four goals fuel Rosary to regional final win

Jun 4, 2012

Saturday’s 6-1 2A regional final win over IMSA featured four goals by freshman forward Quincy Kellett and also gave the Royals their fourth consecutive regional title.


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