A unique aspect of the Fenwick High School girls soccer team this year is that the Friars have not just one, but two pairs of sisters on the roster, and they’ve all played vital roles in this year’s success.
“There’s been incredible competitiveness shown out of those families,” said Fenwick coach Craig Blazer of the Heniges (senior Kate and sophomore Caroline) and Rogowskis (senior Abby and sophomore Maddie). “The four girls love being on the team and have fun every day. They’re the heartbeat of the team.”
Forward Kate Henige tallied four goals and added two assists on April 30 at the Dominican Priory as Fenwick (7-4-2) rolled to an 8-0 Senior Day shutout over Proviso West. She has a team-leading 15 goals this spring and says she enjoys playing with her sister, Caroline.
“We can predict each other’s next moves, and it helps with the team chemistry,” Kate Henige said.
Caroline Henige is the Friars’ second-leading goal scorer with six.
“I love playing with Kate,” she said. “She’s very aggressive, always gets after it, and always wants to score. It’s very inspiring and she treats me as a good teammate.”
Like Kate Henige, defender Abby Rogowski is one of Fenwick’s captains. She sat out the Proviso West match due to injury but expects to return soon.
“I think we’ve improved with every game we’ve played,” she said.
Abby’s sister Maddie, a midfielder, had a goal and an assist against the Panthers and looks to Abby for inspiration.
“It’s fun to have that sister aspect on the team,” she said. “She teaches us drive and determination. If we’re down, she teaches us to keep our heads up.”
Senior midfielder Natalie LoGiudice had two goals and two assists and senior midfielder Natalie Larucci also scored for the Friars, who snapped a two-match losing streak.
“We lost to Downers Grove North [2-0 on April 23] and at Willowbrook [1-0 on April 26]. It was disappointing,” Blazer said. “Those teams are good, but I thought we could’ve showed a little more maturity. Those games showed us where we are.”
“It was good to get back into the win column today. We needed it,” said Caroline Henige of the Senior Day victory. “There was a period of time where we weren’t scoring, so this was good for our confidence.”
With the IHSA Class 2A state tournament starting in two weeks, Fenwick would like to finish the regular season on a strong note. The Friars, who will host a regional, are seeded third in their sectional. The sectional host has not been announced as of press time. The Friars also have designs on winning the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
But in order to do so, they’ll need to defeat their two closest competitors on the road –St. Ignatius followed by Loyola Academy.
“We need to work on playing the game we know how to play,” said Kate Henige. “I feel when we get a little anxious, we don’t play our best. We just need to play like we know how.”