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THE ILLPOLO REPORT

Week 8

 

The following is a summary of what took place during the eighth week of the season. This is not a complete list and we can only include a few people in this summary, but the purpose is to recognize a few of the best performances from each week.

 

Players To Watch

BOYS

Neil Ehmig (St Rita)

Richard Mueller (Fenwick)

 

GIRLS

Emily Koss (Lincoln-Way East)

Sarah Nock (Neuqua Valley)

For a complete description, see Players to Watch: Volume VIII

 

Biggest Impact

BOYS

Dan Newell/Matt Farmer (Fenwick)

Farmer led the Friars with 11 goals and scored the game-winner against NC to help Fenwick win the Stevenson Tournament. Meanwhile, Newell blocked 36 shots and blocked two penalties in four games at the event.

 

Kristian Altuve/Kyle Rickert (Naperville Central)

Altuve and Rickert both scored 10 goals to lead Central to a second place finish at the Stevenson Tournament, as NC beat Brother Rice, Mundelein, and Oak Park and lost 7-6 to #1 Fenwick.

For a complete description, see Super Ballers 8

 

GIRLS

Emma Martinus/Nora Plank (Bremen)

Martinus and Plank combined to score 21 goals as Bremen won the Independent Conference tournament on Saturday. They also totaled 11 scores in a 16-4 win over Latin earlier in the week.

For a complete description, see Super Ballers 8

 

Top Goalie Performances

BOYS

Dan Newell (Fenwick)

Newell made 36 saves in four major wins at the Stevenson Tournament over the weekend, including 11 saves in wins over Brother Rice and NC.

 

Cody Koress/Gavin Taves (New Trier)

Taves made a key stop with 0:10 left to send the game with Mundelein to a shootout, where Koress took over in goal and allowed just two goals in five chances as the Trevians beat the Mustangs 15-14.

 

GIRLS

Emily Tylka (Mundelein)

The Mundelein goalkeeper made 44 saves in three victories over Barrington, Evanston, and Fremd in Week 8.

 

Vasi Vasilopoulos (Bremen)

The Red Jaguars' goalie earned her first career shutout and allowed just four goals per game as Bremen won the Independent Conference tournament over the weekend. She also allowed only four goals in Thursday's win over Latin.

 

Biggest Surprises

BOYS

Lockport Stuns H-F

H-F dropped their first SWSC game this season to the Porters, opening the door for Sandburg to challenge the Vikings for the conference title.

 

Schaumburg Gives Palatine First MSL Loss

The Pirates lost their first conference game of the season to the Saxons, who are gaining momentum heading into the sectional playoffs.

 

GIRLS

Naperville North Beats Lyons

The Huskies shocked the defending champions 6-4 on Tuesday evening.

 

Lane Hands Prospect First Loss

The Indians handed the Knights their first loss of the season in the title game of the Lane Tournament.

 

Metea Defeats Schaumburg

The Mustangs earned an impressive 8-5 win over a ranked opponent when they beat Schaumburg in Week 8.

 

News and Notes

Conference Tournaments Begin

There are several conference tournaments that get underway this week, with the Chicago Public League getting things started at the beginning of Week 9. The MSL plays their conference title games on Wednesday (girls) and Thursday (boys), while the Catholic League playoffs also get started on Thursday. The CSL and WSC start on Friday, while H-F does battle with Sandburg (boys) on Wednesday to decide the SWSC title.

 

Super Ballers

BOYS

Matt Farmer/Dan Newell (Fenwick)

Kristian Altuve/Kyle Rickert (Naperville Central)

 

GIRLS

Emma Martinus/Nora Plank (Bremen)

 

Week 8 Super Ballers Information

 

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