THE ILLPOLO REPORT
The following is a summary of what took place during the
first 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
Austin Ihde (Wheeling)
Wally Kleinfeldt (Palatine)
Jessica Davis (Conant)
Sam Gavars (Barrington)
For a complete description, see
Players to Watch:
Biggest Impact Plays
Mitchell Sokolsky (Stevenson)
Sokolsky delivered the game-winning goal with :17 seconds remaining to
lift Stevenson past Fremd 5-4 in the eventual title game of the Patriots'
tournament on Saturday night.
Emily Asai (Whitney Young)
Asai recorded the game-winning goal in overtime as Whitney Young edged
Hoffman 6-5 at the Stevenson Tournament.
Jess Marone (Neuqua Valley)
Marone helped preserve a draw with Metea Valley by denying a breakaway
goal with a save in the closing seconds of a 7-7 game.
Top Goalie Performances
Robbie O'Brien (Stevenson)
O'Brien allowed just 8 goals at the three-game Stevenson Tournament,
including a 20-save shutout game in a 15-0 win over Wheeling and a save in
the closing seconds of a 5-4 win over Fremd. He also stopped 15 shots in a
12-8 victory over Evanston earlier in the week.
Julia Campbell (Naperville Central)
The Redhawks' goaltender allowed just 5 goals in four games over the
weekend to lead the team to the Naperville Tourney title. Campbell
recorded a shutout in NC's 14-0 win over WV and allowed just one goal
earlier in the week in 16-1 win over Marian.
Julie Conrath (Fremd)
Conrath recorded two shutouts at the Loyola Tournament in wins over the
hosts and Hersey, helping the Vikings earn the event's title while scoring
2 goals of her own in the process. She totaled over 50 saves as Fremd went
5-0 in the opening week, which also included wins over Hersey, R-B, and
Hoffman Beats Mundelein
The Hawks started the season with a bang, earning one
of their biggest wins in recent history, a 9-8 triumph over the Mustangs.
Wheeling Defeats Schaumburg
A solid offensive performance from Austin Ihde helped
the Wildcats hold off 2011-state qualifier Schaumburg 10-9.
Bremen Stuns H-F
The Red Jaguars had never beaten the Vikings, so their
win over then #4 H-F caused quite an early season stir. Expect to hear
more of this from Bremen this season.
Metea Valley Takes Second At Neuqua Tournament
The Mustangs put forth their best-ever performance at
NV with a draw against the hosts and wins over both Naperville North and
News and Notes
Remember, if it hasn't been listed...it probably hasn't
been reported. Feel free to take the initiative to send in info during the
season to ensure players are getting recognition for their hard work and
If I can predict accurately, there will be delays in
reporting on both Thursday and Friday night due to my wife's giving birth
to our first child. Continue to send in scores and stats like normal and
I'll do my best to ensure that any delays are brief (no days off for
illpolo.com in over nine years!).
Eric Curia (Naperville North)
Brendan Hulseman (Loyola)
Charlie Dowdle (Loyola)
Julie Conrath (Fremd)
Lizzie Hollopeter (Metea Valley)
Week 1 Super Ballers