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Girls Soccer: Last state chance spurs Sandburg seniors

Meghan Carmody Carly Katalinic Emily OsobMorgan Manzke Sandburg. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Meghan Carmody, Carly Katalinic, Emily Osoba and Morgan Manzke, of Sandburg. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Girls Soccer 2013

SOUTHLAND TEAMS TO WATCH

Sandburg: The Eagles have redemption on their minds as they look to make it back to state.

Lockport: The Porters try to follow last year’s surprising run to the sectional finals. Lexi Cozzi, and her 21 goals in 2012, will be tough to replace, but senior forward Ally Brehm should pick up some of the scoring slack. Lockport will be bolstered by the return of defender Brynn Feeley, who missed last season with a torn ACL.

Lincoln-Way West: After winning their first regional crown last year, the Warriors have the pieces to make a deeper postseason run this season. Scoring leader Cori Brennan and defensive anchor Lea Gindville are both returning all-sectional performers. Kayla Lojas is a three-year starter in goal.

Lemont: The Indians are young, but have two junior stars in midfielder Kim Jerantowski and goalie Kelly Fritz to lead the way. Lemont will be out for vengeance after its 2012 season ended with an upset loss to Providence in a regional final.

Homewood-Flossmoor: The Vikings will need offensive weapons to emerge with the losses of Ali Farkos and Haley Hruska, but should be solid defensively with goalie Kim Boehm (12 shutouts last season) and defenders Kelly and Chrissy Coderre back.

Others to watch: Providence, Queen of Peace, Andrew, Lincoln-Way North, Mother McAuley.

TOP INDIVIDUALS (in alphabetical order)

Cori Brennan, senior, forward, Lincoln-Way West: A four-year varsity starter, Brennan has 56 career goals, including 25 in 2012.

Kelly Fritz, junior, goalie, Lemont: Returning All-Area selection had 14 shutouts last season, her second as the Indians’ starter in the net.

Kim Jerantowski, junior, midfielder, Lemont: A varsity standout since her freshman year, Jerantowski scored 23 goals last season.

Morgan Manzke, senior, midfielder, Sandburg: After scoring 12 goals last season, Manzke is looking to go out with a bang in her fourth year on varsity.

Claire Oosterbaan, senior, midfielder, Marist: A returning All-Area performer, Oosterbaan is strong defensively and can score as well.

Emma Peele, senior, defender, Andrew: While the Thunderbolts will try to reload offensively, Peele provides a strong defensive anchor.

Leah Plescia, senior, defender, Lockport: A returning all-sectional selection, Plescia helped the Porters record 12 shutouts last season.

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Updated: April 11, 2013 6:40AM



The majority of Sandburg’s seven seniors are beginning their third year on the varsity squad. They’ve been a part of 35 wins the last two seasons. Despite being the top seed in their sectional both years, they haven’t been to state.

Their last opportunity is one of which they intend to take advantage.

“We’ve been working really hard these past couple of years and this year is a culmination of that,” defender Carly Katalinic said. “Everyone wants to get to state this year. It’s the ultimate goal. Most of the girls on our team have never been to state and we want to know what it feels like before we graduate.”

Seniors Morgan Manzke and Meghan Carmody are the Eagles’ top scoring threats. Katalinic and Amanda Kester are senior anchors on the back line, while Nicole Kulovitz returns in goal. Midfielders Helena Kelly and Eilish Mulvey round out the group of seniors.

Manzke, a two-time All-Area selection who had 12 goals and six assists last season, is the only one who was part of the Eagles’ 2010 state runner-up team.

“We’ve all been playing together since like fifth grade,” Manzke said. “It’s nuts to think that this is our last year together. It brings a whole new perspective. It’s our last year and we’re going to go all out.”

One thing that certainly won’t be lacking is chemistry.

“We know each other,” Katalinic said. “We know how we play. A lot of times we know where each other will be without even having to look. These girls are like my sisters. We get along so well.”

Sandburg coach Desi Vuillaume said this year’s team is reminiscent of the 2010 squad, which also was filled with experienced seniors.

“At times we’re yelling at them that they need to talk more, but they almost don’t need to talk because they’ve been playing together so long,” he said. “There’s a lot of determination this year to go far.”

If the simple fact that it’s senior year isn’t enough motivation, there are two letters sure to do the trick: H-F.

Rival Homewood-Flossmoor has upset the Eagles in the sectional championship game the past two years, including a 3-1 outcome a year ago.

“A lot of bad memories come up when we hear (H-F),” Carmody said. “I know we’re going to be ready for them in the regular season and postseason. With all the bad feelings, I know it’s worth so much more to us. That’s the game that’s always in the back of my head when I’m training. I know I have to be ready for that game.”

Aside from the seniors, Vuillaume is looking for junior Emily Osoba and sophomore Elena Pappanastos to step up as the Eagles hope to score more this season.

“Last year, we had the ability to score and we just didn’t shoot much,” Vuillaume said. “Last time I checked, the only way you can score is if you take a shot.”

If the Eagles can improve offensively, their seniors will have a good chance to go out in style.

“The seniors, we’ve really become like family,” Carmody said. “We want to end on a high note.”



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