Individual talent isn't an issue when breaking down the roster of the Fenwick girls' soccer team. Midfielder Cali Pyzdrowski and leading scorer Bridget Hillsman have committed to play college soccer at Marquette and Providence, respectively, while the Friars also boast several other skilled players like senior captain/midfielder Lauren Frank, defenders Kelly Collins, Liz Cusick and Miranda Chapa. Newcomers Jesse Cwik in goal and sophomore Sudney Jensen on defense have also made major contributions to the team's success.
Pyzdrowski and Frank have been particularly impressive anchoring the Friars' midfield.
"As our center-mids, Cali and Lauren sometimes can get lost in the shuffle," Fenwick coach Robert Watson said, "but they do the predominant amount of leg work and are very good in the air."
Watson added: "I think we're starting to play better soccer as a team. We have all-conference, all-area players and Division I recruits so obviously we have excellent individual talent. The key is fitting all these pieces together for team success."
After Saturday's 2-1 win over St. Ignatius, the Friars finished 2-0-1 in round robin play to claim the Catholic Cup title, which pits three East Suburban Catholic Conference teams against three GCAC Red squads. Fenwick defeated Trinity 3-1 last week and tied Mother McAuley 1-1 (3/1) in its other Catholic Cup games.
Fenwick is 12-2-2 overall with a 3-0 record in the ESCC.
Against the Wolfpack, Pyzdrowski scored a goal on a penalty kick with 11:30 remaining in the first half. St. Ignatius tied the game at 1-1, but Madeline Stupinski netted the game-winning goal with 16 minutes left in the game.
"I thought it was a really good game with both teams playing pretty well," Watson said. "We had two penalty kicks, one which Cali scored on, and [St. Ignatius] had one [penalty kick]. On Maddie's goal, St. Ignatius had a defensive miscue and she just came in, took advantage and scored.
Last Thursday (April 25), Fenwick notched a 3-1 win over neighborhood rival Trinity. Frank, Pyzdrowski, and Caroline Murphy each scored a goal for Fenwick. Frank scored the game's first goal off an assist from Jensen at the 18-minute mark of the opening half.
Trailing 3-0, Anna Terenzio put the Blazers on the scoreboard with a goal on Fenwick goalkeeper Caroline Knight with 5:23 remaining in the game. The Friars' starting netkeeper, Cwik, missed the game due to a concussion.
"It was a very hard fought game," Watson said. "With so many rescheduled games, we're just getting into the thick of our schedule so a physical game like [Trinity] is good for us."
The Friars opened last week's perfect three-game streak with a 1-0 victory at Marist.
This week offers no rest for the winning but potentially weary Friars. Fenwick visits Bishop McNamara today (4:30 p.m.) before returning to the Priory for three consecutive home games on Thursday vs. Loyola (4:45 p.m.), Saturday vs. Benet (12 p.m.) and Sunday vs. Marian Catholic (1 p.m.).
"We've been in some close games and had some nice wins," Watson said. "It's important we continue to improve every day and develop our team chemistry."