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Poll: Chicagoland Top 25 (Week 4)

By Patrick Z. McGavin, 04/10/23, 2:45PM CDT



As expected, welcome to the shakeup.

After three weeks of relative calm and stability within the Chicagoland Soccer Top 25, everything suddenly broke sideways.

Blame the weather.

“It felt weird to be warm out today,” St. Francis coach Jim Winslow said of the gorgeous spring weather during his opening game against Libertyville in the 5th annual Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic on Saturday at Evanston.

With summer-like conditions expected this week, everything glorious and pure about the game takes center stage.

The resumption of group play in the Deep Dish Classic is the highlight of the week, punctuated by the Thursday semifinals and the championship round on Saturday.

The Plainfield Classic is another tournament to watch, especially with no, 4 Plainfield North running roughshod through much of its competition.

Geneva is the top threat to the Tigers at their tournament. The teams played a memorable championship game last year.

Some teams moved up or down in the Top 25 this week even if they did not suffer a loss or experience a tie.

Other teams may have had a good week against solid competition or were just very impressive. Some teams may have been dormant.

But movement is good for a poll. Stasis? Not so much.

Come back next week for another possible jumbling. The spring breaks are largely over, and many team schedules can now advance without interruption.

The picture could start to become clearer.

Rank Previous Team Record Comment
1 1 Metea Valley 6-0-2 Riley Strcic jolts the middle attack
2 2 Barrington 5-0-1 Sarah Sarnowski is a gifted attacking player
3 4 Lyons 6-0-0 Josie Pochocki is a physical and skilled player in the middle
4 3 Plainfield N 7-0-2 Permitted just three goals
5 7 New Trier 8-0-1 Honor Dold is a gifted two-way force
6 5 St. Charles E 8-0-0 Ella Stehman is very dangerous in space
7 9 Evanston 5-0-1 Lily Shure sparks revenge win vs. Naperville North
8 6 LW Central 7-0-2 Lockport rematch ends in tie
9 10 Naperville C 4-0-1 Taylor Walk helps shut out St. Charles North
10 11 St. Charles N 5-1-0 Abby Vichich is a lockdown disruptor
11 16 Libertyville 3-0-1 Wildcats face Naperville North Monday
12 13 Benet 5-1-0 Shannon Clark notches another shutout against elite program
13 15 Oswego E 5-1-1 Emma Klosterman helps stabiilize the middle
14 18 Lockport 7-1-1 The favorites in their own Porter Cup
15 23 LW East 8-1-0 Thrash Class A power Herscher
16 20 Geneva 5-1-0 Marquette-bound Lily Coats is a dynamic two-way threat
17 19 Fremd 4-1-0 Gwen Zimmerman is a fast, athletic up-front talent
18 HM Hinsdale Central 4-0-2 Avery Edgewater sparks victory over WW South
19 14 Carmel 4-1-1 Bella D'Amore is a sharp presence in the back
20 8 Deerfield 5-1-1 Simone Criz is a resourceful, savvy player in the middle
21 NR Mundelein 5-2-0 Mustangs make statement in Deerfield victory
22 17 Naperville N 2-3-1 Keeper Olivia Ochsner is a fantastic freshman
23 HM Stevenson 4-2-0 Patriots take out Lane for third-straight win
24 22 York 5-0-1 Montini ends perfect start
25 25 Loyola 2-2-3 Emily Plovanich is a fun player to watch

Look out for: Lake Zurich, Glenbrook North, Hersey, Lane, Wheaton North, Glenbard West, Batavia, Wheaton Warrenville South, Prospect, Riverside-Brookfield, Downers South, Plainfield South, Lake Forest, Maine South, Morton.