The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls soccer team closed out its regular season with a 4-0 home loss to undefeated Lyons Township May 25 and head now into a very tough ISHA Class 3A Morton Sectional tournament, which begins this week.
Despite the Huskie’ 5-7 regular season record, OPRF coach Christie Johnson believes her team is capable of making noise during the sectional round of the state playoffs.
“We have some young talent that’s exciting,” Johnson said. “Our record doesn’t reflect how good we are as a team. We’re figuring our team out and changing formations to fit the caliber and talent of our players, and we’re going into the playoffs with a positive and optimistic outlook. I think we’ll surprise some teams.”
Junior forward Julia Daun leads OPRF in scoring with 12 goals and four assists, while sophomore midfielder Kiki Leman has 10 goals and five assists.
The Huskies are seeded 12th at Morton, considered the deepest sectional in 3A state tournament with several talented teams including Benet Academy, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Fenwick, Hinsdale Central and Lyons Township.
“We have to play our game and execute our combination plays,” Johnson said. “We also need to work on our transition from the defensive end into the attacking zone and finish our chances.”
OPRF begins postseason play June 2 at Whitney Young in the regional semifinal round. If the Huskies win, they’ll face either Downers Grove North or York for the regional title June 4.
Fenwick draws No. 11 sectional seed
First-year head coach Craig Blazer had a solid debut season for the Fenwick High School girls soccer team, going 7-2-2 and finishing second in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division behind Loyola Academy.
Senior Julianna Giuffre and junior Kate Henige tied for the team lead in goals with 10, and Henige added a team-high nine assists. Junior goalkeeper Linden Gierstorf had a goals-against average of 1.10 and classmate Audrey Hinrichs posted a 0.73 goals against average.
The Friars are seeded 11th in the Class 3A Morton Sectional and opened postseason play on June 1 (after Wednesday Journal’s press time) at Hinsdale Central. With a win, Fenwick would face either Curie or Downers Grove South in the regional final on June 4.