After beating Loyola Academy by a score of 2-1 on March 22 for their third straight win to open the season, the Evanston Township High School girls soccer team was able to keep that momentum alive by beating Edgewood High School and Divine Savior Holy Angels in Wisconsin. They were then able to keep a perfect record by beating Niles West on April 2.
Against Edgewood on March 26, the Kits prevailed by a score of 5-1. Goal scorers for the Kits included Keara Kerr, Callista O’Connor, Josie Hanson, Hadley Bushala, and Brealyn Viamille. With the win, the Kits improved to 4-0-0 overall.
“We played well against Edgewood, but we did not maintain the same intensity in the second half with a lead. It is always hard but exciting to travel to new places and get to play in new stadiums. We had multiple scoring opportunities and [against Edgewood] that clicked for us,” said head coach Stacy Salgado. “Five goals felt good for a lot of our girls that might have begun to press a little on offense. We were also able to go deep into our roster in that game, which is a great reward for team members that had not seen many minutes to date, but are going hard in practice. This early in the season, our rotation is not set and we were able to experiment a bit and get a sense of how some girls might perform in game situations or in various positions on the field.”
From there, the Kits took on Divine Savior Holy Angels on March 27 and prevailed once again by a score of 1-0, with the lone goal of the game coming courtesy of Brealyn. “We are thrilled with our 1-0 victory,” said Coach Salgado. “DSHA is a powerhouse athletic program in Wisconsin and they consistently field one of the top girls’ soccer teams. Their team this year is top five in their state. So, to travel to their home, on the second night of a back-to-back road trip and win, gives us an indication of our potential,” the Coach explained. “I liked our attitude in-game. I liked getting big contributions from girls that had not yet made huge impacts so far in the young season, and that we were able to impose our style of possession soccer. We created dangerous scoring opportunities, and I can only hope those begin to turn into goals as the season goes along.” The Coach added, “That win, along with our Loyola win at home last week, will be reference points for our team that boost our confidence going forward in the season. We should know now that our potential allows us to beat top teams, not just play with them.”
Regarding Brealyn’s performance against DSHA, Coach Salgado said, “Brealyn’s goal was encouraging because she tracked back to past midfield in order to win the ball. Having her and our other forwards track back and be involved in the defense is a common teaching point for us this year. It was nice to see her effort rewarded with a goal.” The Coach added, “All of our girls played well versus DSHA. They had to in order to secure the 1-0 victory. But Lucinda Lindland, Lily Hollingsworth, Sarah Sollinger and Ryann Lucas all had one of their strongest performances this year in my opinion.”
With the victory against DSHA, the Kits improved to 5-0-0 overall to start the season. When asked what the keys will be to maintaining this strong level of play for the rest of the season, Coach Salgado said, “Staying consistent emotionally, staying disciplined, staying vested in the team and staying healthy. With a young team, experience will be the greatest teacher.” The Coach added, “Given our challenging schedule, every game will be against a top team, and thus, our challenge is to maintain our emotional composure after big wins, but also to not get too down if results do not break our way.”
On April 2, the Kits beat Niles West, 7-0. Brealyn, Keara, Katarina Sehgal, Nahla Dominguez, and Abra Levin each scored a goal, and Zoe Salamon scored two.
On April 4, the Kits take on Deerfield. “Deerfield is a very strong team and program,” said Coach Salgado. “Their coaching staff, led by Rich Grady, will have them prepared and pumped to take on our girls. They have an all-state caliber player in Malori Killoren who can create goals if we are not consistent in our communication in the midfield and backfield and effective in our execution.”
From there, the Kits participate in the Northshore Invite between April 6-8 at Lazier Field in Evanston.