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Poll: Chicagoland Soccer Top 25 (Week 3)

By Patrick Z. McGavin, 04/03/23, 11:45AM CDT



Behold the calmest week of the season.

“I think coming back from spring break is a tough time for any team,” Oak Park and River Forest coach Christine Johnston said. 

“We had players missing, and some players coming back from vacation.”

With the vast majority of programs electing not to schedule games this week, there was relatively scant activity in the new poll.

The listing maintains its continuity but will not be terribly exciting for poll watchers.

The dial did not move very much this week, probably the last time this year where 24 of the teams ranked previously returned to their lofty perch.

Without much shuffling of the deck, this week maintained the status quo.

A couple of teams stood out, like St. Charles East winning three tough games including one in Peoria, and New Trier traveling down to the St. Louis area to beat two solid Illinois sides.

The new week starts fast, with multiple big-time conference games and rivalry games, like Glenbrook North/New Trier, Lockport/Lincoln-Way Central.

It leads to a fairly bifurcated part to the season, before and after spring break.

With the start of some significant tournaments like the Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic, the season really begins in earnest.

Enjoy the calm and quiet, and get ready for the coming reckoning.

Rank Previous Team Record Comment
1 1 Metea Valley 3-0-1 Kaylee Bannack anchors the back
2 2 Barrington 3-0-1 Kate Lubinsky is a big, tough, physical talent up-front
3 3 Plainfield N 5-0-1 Tigers roll over previously unbeaten Batavia
4 4 Lyons 4-0-0 Chandlar Lay powers the athletic attack
5 6 St. Charles E 7-0-0 Mia Raschke is a dynamic threat at forward
6 5 LW Central 6-0-1 Minooka tie ends perfect start
7 7 New Trier 6-0-1 Charlotte Dellin powers win over Columbia
8 8 Deerfield 4-0-1 Ryane Emory is a talented attacking player
9 9 Evanston 4-0-1 Bridget Durkin is a very gifted freshman
10 10 Naperville C 3-0-0 Ella Burke is an elite two-way talent
11 11 St. Charles N 3-1-0 Sophie Kirsten is lethal in space
12 12 WW South 2-0-1 Kate Hartnett is a very talented forward
13 14 Benet 4-1-0 Rachel Burns is a versatile and dynamic talent
14 17 Carmel 4-0-0 Madison Konen is a skilled player in the middle
15 13 Oswego East 4-1-1 Emma Klosterman stabilizes the middle
16 18 Libertyville 2-0-0 Tackles St.Francis Saturday in Malnaiti's opener
17 16 Naperville N 2-2-0 Annie Chang provides instant offense in the attack
18 17 Lockport 6-1-0 Rematch with LW Central on Tuesday
19 20 Fremd 2-1-1 Kaitlyn Rodi is a superb individual talent
20 21 Geneva 2-1-0 Caroline Madden is elite two-sport athlete
21 23 Glenbrook N. 3-1-0 New Trier showdown Tuesday night
22 22 York 4-0-0 Faces dangerous road test at OPRF Tuesday
23 24 LW East 6-1-0 Plays Class A power Herscher on Wednesday
24 25 Hersey 2-2-1 Faith Sena is a skilled offenisve threat
25 HM Loyola 2-2-2 Ellie Vehovsky is very skillled with the ball

Look out for: Lane, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Prospect, Plainfield East, Riverside-Brookfield, Minooka, Plainfield South, Warren, Hinsdale Central, Waubonsie Valley, Lake Forest, Oak Park and River Forest, Maine South, Stevenson