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Poll: Chicagoland Soccer Top 25 (Week 1)

By Patrick Z. McGavin , 03/20/23, 12:00AM CDT


Presented by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association

The first week of any season is definitely an eye-of-the-beholder equation.


The games certainly matter, but the aesthetics and beauty are not always moving directly or proportionally in concert with the results.

With the boys basketball state championships moved to a single weekend, it meant spring sports had their moment in the sun a week earlier.

With baseball and softball sidelined by the berserk weather, soccer led the way.

A cold and rainy opening week meant, as usual, there were more uncertainties than ever before.

Of the ranked teams this week, never again are we likely to see such variance relative to the schedule. Some teams played three games, and a couple of ranked teams have yet to start their seasons.

Data is naturally up and down, present and available for some teams, and a work in progress for others.

The teams at the top looked very good. Barrington posting sharp victories against ranked opponents in Naperville North and St. Charles North. Metea Valley had two strong victories.

The Kickoff Classic, hosted by Wheaton North, takes center stage this week with top showdowns – Plainfield North meets both Metea Valley and Benet.

It will create some early highlights and perhaps clarity to strengths and weaknesses. But as they say, no team ever won a state championship in March.

Early games are important, but less crucial than middle- or end-of-the-season games with regard to predictors and evaluations of strengths and weaknesses.

The weather wreaked havoc the opening week, with shifts, postponements and alterations of tournament schedules.

With the three Lincoln-Way schools, especially defending tournament champion Central, leading the pack at the Windy City Ram Classic, the south shows strength.

The other big showdown is the Rose Augsburg-Drach Invitational in St. Charles. The ranked host schools could again decide the championship.

The North Stars have eight returning starters, the Saints seven. Last year the North Stars won the two regular-season games. St. Charles East dominated the sectional championship game.

Chicagoland Soccer now produces four polls to better cover the entire state and the three IHSA divisions: the Chicagoland Soccer Top 25, the Illinois 10 of the top teams outside of the coverage area, and the Class A Super 7 and Class AA Super 7.

Teams are only eligible for one poll. Any Chicago-area team, regardless of class size, listed on either the Top 25 or its 15-team honorable mention are not considered for either the Class A Super 7 or the Class AA Super 7.

Like the First 50, the opening week polls are provisional and subject to wild swings. As more games play out, the best move to the top of the chart.

Rank Previous School Record Comment
1 1 Metea Valley 2-0-0 Jordan Lange orchestrates the attack
2 2 Barrington 2-0-0 Piper Lucier is faster, quicker, stronger
3 3 Plainfield N 2-0-0 Showdown looms with Metea Valley
4 4 Lyons 2-0-0 Caroline Mortonson is an elite sophomore
5 6 LW Central 3-0-0 Dominant in Windy City Ram Classic
6 7 Oswego E 2-0-0 Anya Gulbrandsen off to a fantastic start
7 8 St. Charles E 2-0-0 Grace Williams is an elite scorer
8 5 New Trier 1-0-1 Annie Paden is great on set pieces
9 10 Benet 2-0-0 Anna Casmere is a dangerous attacking piece
10 11 Deerfield 2-0-0 Emily Fox is a born scorer
11 9 St. Charles N 1-1-0 Bella Najera is an elite talent
12 12 Naperville N 1-1-0 Maggie Fitzgerald is a natural leader
13 13 Evanston 1-0-0 Jocelyn Leigh is an elite offensive threat
14 14 Naperville C 2-0-0 Megan Norkett is a force of nature
15 18 Glenbrook N 1-0-0 Spartans make statement against Loyola
16 17 Lockport 3-0-0 Porters reach Windy City semifinals
17 19 Libertyville 1-0-0 Wildcats start season with solid victory
18 22 Carmel 2-0-0 Forward Emily Fix is dynamic
19 50 Prospect 1-0-1 Strong opening performance against New Trier
20 NR Glenbrook S 3-0-0 Claire Baim is a midfield presence
21 31 Hersey 1-1-0 Abi Beck a two-way standout
22 20 Stevenson 0-1-0 Patriots are undergoing a new era
23 NR St. Ignatius 2-0-0 Wolfpack avenge regional loss to Lane
24 29 Neuqua Valley 0-0-0 Lauren Milani headssuperb junior class
25 30 Geneva 0-0-0 Rilee Hasegawa is an elite

Watch out for:
Warren, Lane, Loyola, Fremd, Lincoln-Way East, Burlington Central, Morton, Glenbard East, Saint Viator, Lincoln-Way West, Andrew, Wheaton Warrenville South, Plainfield South, Downers Grove South, Oak Park and River Forest.