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Girls Soccer: Three things learned

1. Look out for Marist. The RedHawks struggled in 2013 and lost nine key seniors from that team, but a young squad is putting it together awfully quick this season. Marist is 3-1-1, including a huge 1-0 win over Sandburg. Mary Brennan scored the game-winner against the Eagles. Sophomore Ashley Smialek has recorded four shutouts and Marist has allowed just one goal. The RedHawks’ lone loss was a 1-0 defeat to Andrew.

2. Lincoln-Way West has firepower. Speaking of young talent, there is plenty at West. The Warriors, who start three freshmen and three sophomores, entered Monday with a 5-1 record. Sophomore Brianna Heyer, and juniors Natalie Tannura and Emily Wyskiel should help the Warriors continue to score plenty despite key losses from last season, including All-State performer Cori Brennan. West finished fifth in the Windy City Ram Classic, earning a big win over Tinley Park in the process.

3. The South Suburban Blue is improving. Aside from powerhouse Lemont and a Tinley Park squad that’s also capable of making a postseason run in Class 2A, the league looks to be a bit deeper this season. Both Oak Forest and Bremen were 3-2 entering Monday, with the Bengals picking up a big win against Homewood-Flossmoor and the Braves knocking off South Suburban Red rivals Oak Lawn and Argo. T.F. United has struggled early but can’t be forgotten.

Steve Millar



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